Business Briefs: State gas prices continue downward trend

State gas prices continue downward trend in new year

Gas prices in Massachusetts continued to drop last week as they fell another cent, according to AAA Southern New England.

AAA's survey of state gas prices on Monday found self-serve, regular averaging $1.95 per gallon. A year ago at this time, the price in Massachusetts was 30 cents higher at $2.25.

"Historically, we see demand for gasoline hit its lowest point in January," said AAA Southern New England spokeswoman Mary Maguire. "That factor, combined with falling crude oil prices and an abundant domestic supply, continues to drive down prices at the pump,"

The range in prices in the latest local AAA survey for unleaded regular is 40 cents, from a low of $1.79 to a high of $2.19.

Citizens Bank offering financial literacy funding

Citizens Bank, which has branches in North Adams and Pittsfield, will be accepting applications through Jan. 29 for its Citizens Helping Citizen's Manage Money financial literacy initiative.

Organizations throughout the bank's 11-state footprint can apply for up to $50,000 in funding.

Eligible activities include: basics of banking and asset building; budgeting; homeownership counseling; foreclosure prevention; credit management and repair programs; and financial management for small businesses. Information/applications:

Southern Berkshire Chamber after hours event

The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce will hold an after hours event on Thursday at Personal Best Fitness, 109 Pixley Road in Great Barrington. The hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration: 413-528-4284.


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