A Day in the Life of Greater Olean

January 22, 2018

PORTVILLE, NY – A whiteboard with dozens of destinations and vehicle numbers written in various colors sits inside the Portville bus garage, ready to be changed at any moment. David Youngs, the transportation supervisor of the Portville and Olean School Districts, knows that before 2 almost every ...

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OLEAN, NY – When Della Moore walks down the street, she greets everyone she passes and makes sure to ask, “How are you doing?”  From the moment I joined her at the 7-Eleven on a cloudy, cold December morning until we finished making our stops along State and North Union streets, she remained ...

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OLEAN, NY -- For Justus Elliot, time and pace are essential. As a warehouse selector for Olean Wholesale Grocery Co-Op, most of the 21-year-old’s job calls for efficiency. “Everything is time-based," Elliot explained. "One hundred percent is the norm, and it’s what we work for every day. If our ...

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ALLEGANY, NY – The Franciscan Sisters at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse start their days exactly how they end them: in prayer and devotion to God. The convent for retired sisters at 115 E. Main St. is separated into four sections. The first level, named after St. Francis, houses sisters in need of ...

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ST. BONAVENTURE – Walking into the Reilly Center on game day, backpack and laptop in hand, J.P. Butler takes to his assigned seat on press row alongside the company of his coworkers. For the past 14 years, Butler has worked for the Olean Times Herald and has spent the last 10 of those years ...

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OLEAN, NY — Michiko McElfresh described being secretary to the mayor as “a new challenge every day.” For instance, a weather advisory issued for Southwestern New York on Nov.  29 had McElfresh prepared to spend the day working on a snow report and communicating with different departments about ...

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OLEAN, NY — Laurie Donner told me she never expected to become a ballet instructor. “It just kind of snowballed and evolved to where I am now,” Donner, who has been a dance instructor at the Dance Arts Studio in Olean for nearly 21 years, said. I watched as Donner began her pointe ballet ...

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HINSDALE, NY – John Policastro’s day starts at 5:30 every morning on Flanigan Hill Farm. He loads wood into the stove to heat his home before heading out to feed and care for his animals. His morning chores take about an hour and a half. By the time he is done, the December sun is just beginning ...

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ALLEGANY, NY - People bringing trash and recyclables to the Allegany Transfer Station at 38 Union St. have come to expect a man with a big smile and a friendly “how are you?” to greet them. This man is Gary Rodgers. In rain or snow or heat, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 ...

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A typical day for social entrepreneur Donald Watkins is anything but typical. From teaching and interviewing community members to rescuing local businesses when technological trouble hits, Watkins is there to help. “It’s more like being in college,” said the retired Franklinville, New York, ...

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Bradley M. Spink gets a lot of calls about death. “Everything I do has a common denominator: death of humans,” said Spink, who is operator and owner of two funeral homes, Olean’s sole cremation company, president of two cemetery boards and one of four county coroners, New York State has two ...

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"Anyone can be a DJ." That's what I get a lot.  Whenever the typical drunken bar crawler approaches me at the booth and I tell them I can't play their song, that's the #1 response. People will sometimes ask me what it's like being a DJ, either at a bar or one of the gigs that I have.  I ...

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As I walked into the Cattaraugus County SPCA at 2944 Route 16 North in the Town of Olean, I could sense a loving atmosphere. The hardworking employees greeted me, and the manager, Shawn Jennings, told me the SPCA was housing 39 dogs and 175 cats. The longer I stayed, the more I noticed that ...

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