EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 23, 2012

Rockingham puts $10K behind Haverhill causes

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Jeffrey Zygmont

---- — Like a couple of lucky ducks, Haverhill residents Cheryl Bonitz and Marie Krug visited Rockingham Motors in Salem, N.H., on Tuesday to collect $10,000 that the pair shared as grand prize winners of the Rubber Duck Regatta 2012. The annual fund-raising event took place Saturday, Sept. 15, on the Merrimack River in Haverhill, where 10,000 rubber ducks were dumped into the water to see whose would drift past the finish line first.

Rockingham Toyota Scion Honda has served as major sponsor for each of the event’s four years, donating the grand prize that encourages people to sponsor a duck. Money raised by the sponsorships is distributed to local causes by the Rotary Club of Haverhill.

Ryan Horgan, operations manager at Rockingham, noted that all 10,000 ducks available were adopted this year. The sell-out maximizes funds available to charities. This year was the second sell-out since the program’s inaugural year of 2012, Horgan said.

After Rockingham’s grand prize, other 2012 prizes included a seven-day Bermuda cruise, donated by Pentucket Bank, Red Sox pavilion-seat tickets donated by S&R Construction, and a golf round contributed by Haverhill Country Club.

Gas prices top $3.90

When averaged across the U.S. as

a whole, gasoline prices declined slightly last week. But Merrimack Valley drivers weren’t as fortunate. The average price for self-service regular gas increased in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire last week, according to service-station tracking by the auto club AAA. In both states, self-service regular gas averaged above $3.90 per gallon as of Wednesday, the group reported.

The increases made last week was the seventh consecutive week in which motor-fuel prices rose in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. But the small decrease in the U.S. national average reversed six straight weeks in which the coast-to-coast average had risen, according to AAA figures.

In Massachusetts, a 1.9-cent increase over seven days drove the average price for self-service regular to $3.927 per gallon on Wednesday, compared to $3.908 the prior week, AAA reported. Wednesday’s average was 29.1 cents higher than the Bay State average of $3.636 recorded on the same day of 2011.

Wednesday’s New Hampshire average of $3.901 represented a 2.0-cent rise from the $3.881 reported by AAA seven days earlier. On the same day last year, New Hampshire’s state-wide figure of $3.603 was 29.8 cents below Wednesday’s average.

The auto club compiled a national average of $3.584 on Wednesday, a dip of 0.4 pennies from the prior Wednesday’s level of $3.858. Wednesday’s national average was 26.6 cents higher than the $3.588 recorded on the same day last year.