Business Briefs: State gas prices fall another eight cents

State gas prices drop another eight cents

There seems to be no letup in the decline of state gas prices.

With the price of crude oil below the $30 per barrel mark last week, the lowest level in 12 years, state gas prices have dropped another eight cents, according to AAA Northeast.

AAA's survey of state gas prices on Monday found self-served regular unleaded averaging $1.87 per gallon. That price is two cents lower than the national average. A year ago at this time the state's average price was 28 cents higher at $2.15.

The range of prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 49 cents, from a low of $1.70 to a high of $2.19.

Berkshire Bank Scholarship Awards Program

Berkshire Bank will honor 30 high school seniors in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Vermont for their volunteer service through the Berkshire Bank Foundation's 2016 Scholarship Awards program.

The program will award $45,000 in total scholarship dollars to students who have exemplified community service through their volunteer efforts, have succeeded academically, and demonstrate a financial need. Applicants must attend a school that is located in a county with a Berkshire Bank office.

Thirty scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to high school seniors who will be attending a two or four year college in the fall. Fourteen scholarships are available in Massachusetts.

Students must apply online by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23. Information:;

County YMCAs adopt new name following partnership

The YMCAs in North Adams and Pittsfield are now known as the two branches of the Berkshire Family YMCA following the recent establishment of a permanent partnership between the two entities. The name change went into effect on Jan. 1.

They are officially known as the Berkshire YMCA Pittsfield branch, and Berkshire YMCA Northern Berkshire branch. The Pittsfield branch, which houses the new entity's coroporate offices, is located at 292 North St. The Northern Berkshire branch is located at 22 Brickyard Court in North Adams.

Mildred Elley offering new IT program

Mildred Elley is offering a network administration and security certificate program.

Students will learn to troubleshoot and repair networks and computer systems, prevent security issues, and held end-users. They will also be prepared for various industry certifications.

Information: Mildred Elley, 413-358-4114.

Price Chopper, Market 32, place fifth in national competition

Price Chopper and Market 32's freight fleet recently placed fifth in the nation in the Successful Concept category in Commercial Journal's annual "Flashiest Fleets" contest.

The series of trailer graphics that were honored feature colorful close-up images of fresh fruits and vegetables with the tag line, "The Farm Just Got Closer."

The Price Chopper and Market 32 artwork was one of 30 campaigns that were nominated for the contest, which ran for two weeks in December. Winners were decided by popular vote by the readership of the Commercial Journal, a multi-channel publication that had close to 100 subscribers within the freight transport business.


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