---- — Four Merrimack Valley auto dealerships are promoting youth fitness in their communities by contributing cash and equipment to local soccer leagues throughout the 2013 season.
Amesbury Chevrolet is supporting the Amesbury Soccer Association. Bill DeLuca Chevrolet Buick GMC of Haverhill is behind Haverhill Youth Soccer. Located in Andover, Bill DeLuca’s Woodworth Chevrolet-Cadillac backs the Andover Soccer Association. In Lawrence, Commonwealth Motors sponsors Lawrence Youth Soccer.
Their donations include soccer balls, ball bags and pumps, field cones, coach’s kits, corner flags, scrimmage vests, practice goals and first aid kits. In addition, the sponsored soccer leagues get Chevrolet service coupons to distribute as incentives to boost community support.
They are also eligible to raise funds by participating in the 2013 Chevrolet Youth Soccer Breakaway Sweepstakes, with a grand prize of a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, along with additional prizes of high-definition televisions provided by the local dealerships.
Sponsorship by Amesbury Chevrolet, Bill DeLuca Chevrolet, Woodworth Chevrolet and Commonwealth Motors entitles players to attend skill clinics conducted by local professional soccer coaches.
The dealerships are participating in the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, a nationwide initiative conducted by the Chevrolet unit of General Motors. This year, the program will assist 285 organizations in the northeast, with Chevrolet dealers giving more than $450,000 in monetary and equipment donations.
Pump prices drop again
Driving became less expensive again last week. Gasoline prices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire dropped for the third consecutive period, according to state-by-state averaging by the auto club AAA. The coast-to-coast, national average also fell for the third straight week, the group reported.
The Massachusetts statewide average for self-service regular gas dipped below $3.70 per gallon, reaching $3.694 on Wednesday. That was 3.1 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s average of $3.725, AAA figures showed. Wednesday’s Bay State average was 3.0 cents below the state level on the same day of 2012, when self-service regular stood at $3.724 per gallon.
The New Hampshire average edged 2.8 cents lower, to $3.635 as of Wednesday, from $3.663 seven days earlier, according to AAA. On the same day last year, the Granite State average was $3.666, or 3.1 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.
The overall national average dropped more substantially last week. On Wednesday, AAA recorded a U.S. average of $3.539 for self-service regular gas, a drop of 6.1 cents from the prior week’s $3.600. Wednesday’s national average was 16.3 cents below the $3.702 reported on the same day of 2012.