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In a town this size, there's no place to hide
Everywhere you go, you meet someone you know...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Locals cash in"

Hog Father's

New York's sophisticated opponents of shale gas extraction often dismiss any possible benefits of "fracking" to the local economy.  "Drilling jobs will only go to outsiders from Texas," say our comfortable elite.  Meanwhile, all sorts of non-drilling jobs are being created in neighboring Pennsylvania's Marcellus gas boom.
“It’s the best thing that ever happened to me,” said Frank Puskarich, owner of Hog Father's restaurant in Washington and daily caterer to Range Resources‘ “frack jobs” across the region. The boisterous barbecue pit master said he has hired eight employees who do nothing but prepare chicken, ribs, brisket, macaroni and cheese and other entrees for tired, hungry workers. He picked up the contract with Fort Worth, Texas-based Range Resources five years ago, and that also has helped drive business to his small establishment in Washington.
“It’s standing-room only for lunch” every day, Mr. Puskarich said. “[Business] has been tremendous. There’s a lot of work for people who want it, and not just in the food business.”
A busy restaurant is a great place for your kid to snag a first job, no experience required.

Unlikely Hospitalist emails news of more Marcellus related, non-drilling  jobs being created in Painted Post and Elmira.

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