---- — For 13 years and counting, since the year 2000, Rockingham Motors of Salem, N.H., has contributed a high level of excitement and anticipation to the Salem High School Senior Safe Night. This year the dealership’s participation paid off for Allison Asmega, a graduating senior who won an automobile donated by Rockingham.
Senior Safe Night is an annual all-nighter hosted by Salem High School for departing seniors at graduation time. Held at the high school and sponsored by community organizations, the event is a safe and sanctioned farewell night of food, socializing, entertainment and prizes. A reconditioned pre-owned automobile donated by Rockingham is the traditional grand prize, awarded in a drawing at breakfast time as Senior Safe Night approaches its end.
Rockingham is a 25-year Salem institution that sells Toyota, Scion and Honda vehicles. This year it selected and detailed a Toyota Corolla four-door sedan as the grand prize. Allison Asmega, a Salem resident, won the auto as Safe Night wrapped up on Thursday morning, June 13. She picked up the vehicle at Rockingham on Tuesday.
In the fall she plans to study medical biology at the University of New England in Maine. Asmega said she will take the car with her, to make regular returns to Salem more convenient.
Gas prices edge upward
For a second straight week, regional gas prices inched higher, according to state-by-state tracking by the auto club AAA. But the overall U.S. average took a downward dip, which may point to coming relief around New England as well.
In Massachusetts, the state-wide average for self-service regular gas rose to $3.550 per gallon on Wednesday, a 0.06-cent increase from the prior Wednesday’s level of $3.544, AAA reported. On the same day last year, the Massachusetts average of $3.491 was 5.9 cents lower than Wednesday’s level.
The New Hampshire average rose 0.8 cents last week, reaching $3.489 on Wednesday from $3.481 seven days earlier, according to the auto club. Wednesday’s average was 2.5 pennies higher than the Granite State figure of $3.464 published by AAA on the same day of 2012.
Nationally, AAA compiled a 50-state average of $3.603 for self-service regular on Wednesday, a 3.1-cent dip from the prior Wednesday’s $3.634. The coast-to-coast average was 10.6 cents higher than the $3.497 reported on the same day last year.