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Boston (AP): Gas prices down 4 cents statewide

The cost of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts has dropped by four cents in the past week.

AAA Southern New England reported Monday that self-serve, regular is selling for $3.72 per gallon. That's 2 cents below the national average but still 13 cents higher than a month ago and a penny below the price a year ago.

AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as little as $3.59 per gallon and as high as $3.89.

The drop in prices reverses a surge that saw the cost of a gallon of unleaded regular jump by 27 cents during a three week period in February.

Increases in the price of a barrel of crude oil, and less refinery capacity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy were considered to be the reasons for the price jump.

Pittsfield: Rotary auction raises $48K for needy

The Rotary Club of Pittsfield netted $48,000 at its 22nd annual auction which took place in January. The funding will help those in Pittsfield who are most in need.

The Rotary Club and the Rotary Club's Foundation recently gave $19,000 to food pantries and kitchens in Pittsfield. This donation is in addition to the 8,300 pounds of food the Rotary Club donated in November.

Jay Bailly and Shaun Heiman are the co-chairs of the Rotary Club's food drives and collections.

Pittsfield: Nutrition Center names new board

The Nutrition Center, a nonprofit that provides clinical counseling and nutrition-focused cooking classes throughout the Berkshires, has announced its new board of directors.

The new chairman is Jonathan William McCracken, a strategic consultant for Helia Land Design in Great Barrington. He succeeds Tom Sirios, the president of Berkshire Hills Financial.

The executive board's other members are Yuki Cohen of Berkshire Bank Wealth Management, treasurer and interim secretary; and Roberto Flores, owner of Good Dogs Farm in Sheffield, vice chairman.

The board of directors includes Denis Guyer, operations manager and special projects for Iredale Mineral Cosmetics in Great Barrington; and Lindsey Schmid, director of marketing at the Berkshire Visitors Bureau.


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