EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 4, 2012

Rockingham Motors scares up some business

Auto Scene Jeffrey Zygmont
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Car shoppers who visited Rockingham Motors in Salem, N.H., on Wednesday were greeted by a zombie, vampire, pirate, gangster and two witches. By all indications, the ghoulish group conducted business as usual, and Rockingham maintained a brisk sales pace even with such a ghastly staff.

Rockingham’s scariest were among 13 employees who took part in a Halloween costume contest on Oct. 31. Other staff members disguised themselves as Superwoman, Super Mario Brothers, a surgeon, elf, and construction worker. Brody, the dealership’s resident pooch, donned a pumpkin costume. One of the scariest outfits was worn by a bearded male staffer who dressed as a woman. Kind of.

Ryan Horgan, operations and internet director of Rockingham Motors, explained that the event gave workers an opportunity to express spirit and enthusiasm, celebrate Halloween, and put Hurricane Sandy behind them.

Erin Daley, vice president and mortgage loan sales manager at Pentucket Bank, dropped by Rockingham to judge the costumes. Categories included funniest, scariest, and most like self.

Daley gave the prize for best overall outfit to Dan Tomkinson, shuttle driver for Rockingham, for his zombie disguise. Ryan Horgan noted that Tomkinson spent several hours applying his makeup. To learn how, he watched instructional videos posted on the website YouTube by makeup artists for the television series Walking Dead.

Rockingham has operated in Salem since 1985. It sells Toyota, Scion and Honda vehicles.

Gas prices ease again

Pump prices closed October on a positive note. Tracking by the auto club AAA showed encouraging dips in the average price of gasoline across the region and for the United States as a whole. Last week was the fourth consecutive week in which prices declined.

The Massachusetts state-wide average for self-service regular gas dropped 6.7 cents last week, reaching $3.717 on Wednesday compared to $3.874 seven days earlier, AAA reported. But Wednesday’s Bay State average remained 25.0 cents higher than the state-wide level on the same day of 2011, which AAA put as $3.467 per gallon.

New Hampshire’s average fell to $3.623 on Wednesday, down 8.1 cents from the prior Wednesday’s level of $3.704 for self-service regular, according to the auto club. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.416 was 20.7 cents lower than Wednesday’s level.

The U.S. national average dropped by more than a dime last week. On Wednesday AAA reported a coast-to-coast average of $3.521, down 10.4 cents from the prior week’s $3.625. Wednesday’s U.S. average was 7.8 cents higher than the $3.443 recorded on the same day of 2011.