---- — Members of the Prospect Hill Little League of Lawrence recently visited Commonwealth Motors to pick up equipment donated by the dealership.
The youth sports program will receive ongoing support through its spring season from Commonwealth, in the form of both baseball gear and monetary contributions.
Commonwealth, a Lawrence dealership that sells Chevrolet, Honda, Kia, Nissan and Volkswagen vehicles, is sponsoring the Prospect Hill league as part of the Chevrolet Youth Baseball Program.
Chevy dealers participating in the program join a national effort to boost youth sports in their communities.
In addition to monetary contributions, Commonwealth supports the league by donating such equipment as balls and ball buckets, batting helmets, catcher’s gear, umpire equipment, bases, bat racks and first aid kits.
Commonwealth’s sponsorship also gives players an opportunity to attend baseball clinics conducted by professional teams. In addition, Prospect Hill Little League members participate in the Chevrolet Youth Baseball Program Sweepstakes, which features a grand prize of a 2013 Chevy Traverse, plus prizes of high-definition televisions donated by Commonwealth.
“We are looking forward to a great season that will be filled with exciting games and an enhanced experience for the teams through the equipment and cash donations,” said Charlene Kruszczynski, office administrator at Commonwealth. She said the program is “one example of how committed our dealership is to supporting the youth and families in our community.”
Another two-state drop in gas prices
Driving in the Merrimack Valley, on either side of the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border, grew cheaper again last week. Pump-price tracking by the auto club AAA showed that average gasoline prices moved downward through the seven-day span ending Wednesday. It was the ninth straight week in which regional fuel prices dropped.
But the U.S. national average sent an ominous signal, rising though the seven-day period, according to AAA.
Although the increase was very small, it represented a change in direction after eight straight weeks in which the coast-to-coast average had moved lower, not higher.
In Massachusetts, drivers paid an average of $3.475 per gallon for self-service regular gas on Wednesday, the auto club reported. That was 1.3 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s average of $3.488. On the same day last year, the Bay State average of $3.866 was 39.1 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.
The New Hampshire statewide average edged 1.8 cents lower last week, reaching $3.406 on Wednesday, compared to $3.424 seven days earlier, AAA figures showed. Wednesday’s figure was 41.6 cents lower than the average of $3.866 reported by AAA on the same day of 2012.
The overall national average moved to $3.522 on Wednesday, up 0.6 cents from the prior Wednesday’s $3.516, according to the auto club.
On the same day last year, the U.S. average of $3.809 was 28.7 cents higher than Wednesday’s average.