OLEAN ã Life may be a bowl of cherries, but not many will find the pits this year, at least not at McNamaraÞs vegetable stand on West State Street.

Dan Simpson, an employee, said the rain this summer has caused the cherries to ripen too quickly, making them split and go bad more quickly than they normally would.

This summerÞs rainfall has not been record breaking, but it has been constant, making the past month the cloudiest July in recorded weather history, according to Verna Cappelletti at OleanÞs Waste Water Treatment Plant.

In July, the rain amounted to 4.44 inches, compared to July 2003 with 11.37 inches and July 2002 with 5.07 inches.

The difference, Ms. Cappelletti said, is how many days were spent in the rain.

In July 2002, it rained nine days and in July 2003, 20 days.

This year rain fell 23 days in July, or 74 percent of the month.

Mr. Simpson said the rain slows business and drives prices up when not as many vegetables can be picked. However, customers will find the melons sweeter.

He said he gets wet bringing the vegetables into the stand, but after working third shift at Cutco last summer, he doesnÞt mind.

ßI like being in the rain more than being inside at night, thatÞs for sure.à

Working indoors at Carmike Cinemas, manager Jeff Rehler still feels the effects of the rain.

ßBasically on a rainy day, people come see movies,à he said.

While not many people come to a weekday matinee, Mr. Rehler said he noticed a significant increase in the amount of people who came to the theater on last MondayÞs rainy afternoon.

Theater managers donÞt schedule more employees based on weather reports. Rain just means more work for those scheduled, he said.

Pumping gas at the KwikFil on West State Street since September, Aron Gee said his job gets wet, but he prefers the rain.

ßThe only choice you really have is rain or snow,à he said.

He said the full-service station gets more traffic in the rain, since people would rather have him pump their gas.

Up the street at Tasty Twirl, the ice cream cabinet sits untouched as customers pass by to order French fries and hamburgers.

ßFood sales stay pretty much the same (in the rain),à Mr. Blinn said. ßBut people will not stop for an ice cream cone if they are wearing a sweater.à

Open year-round, the restaurant receives two-thirds of its business between April and September. ßThatÞs why you depend on the weather,à he said.

Down in Allegany, Mark Printz, Canticle FarmÞs farmer, carried a bucket of potatoes from the field, dug with a shovel, since the ground was too wet for a tractor.

He said he shouldÞve known the rain was coming. He had the irrigation system all set up.

ßIt was the same thing last year,à he said, ßI set it up and then this happens,à referring to the rain.

Checking his rain gauge, he estimated 2 inches of rain had fallen in nearly 48 hours.

ßMost plants need about one inch of rain per week,à he said.

Compared to past years, this summerÞs rain has been just enough for Canticle Farm.

ßLast year was a monsoon and the first two years were droughts,à he said.

Mr. Printz said he has tasks for rainy days and sunny days, in case his agenda for the week gets rained out. However, sometimes, work must be done in the rain. ßThe weather doesnÞt stop us,à he said. ßYou just learn to appreciate mud.à

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