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Merrimack Valley

April 13, 2014

Local Chevy dealers boost Little League

Four local Chevrolet dealers are contributing cash and equipment to Little League programs in area cities and towns. The season-long sponsorships are part of the Chevy Youth Baseball Program, an initiative by Chevrolet that aims to foster community involvement by encouraging dealers support local youth sports.

Bill DeLuca Chevrolet Buick GMC of Haverhill is sponsoring both the Riverside-Bradford Baseball program, and the Dracut Baseball Association. In Andover, Bill DeLuca’s Woodworth Chevrolet Cadillac is supporting Andover Little League. Commonwealth Motors of Lawrence is backing Prospect Hill Little League. And, in Amesbury, the Amesbury Little League is receiving aid from Amesbury Chevrolet.

Through the 2014 season, those dealerships will donate such equipment as balls, catcher’s gear, batting helmets, umpire’s equipment, bases, bat racks, gear bags and first aid kits to the little leagues under the support. In addition, their sponsorships qualify players to attend clinics conducted by professional baseball players.

Amesbury Chevrolet, Bill DeLuca Chevrolet, Commonwealth Motors and Woodworth Chevrolet join other Chevy dealers in the northeast that are assisting 334 youth baseball programs throughout the region. The dealerships are expected to make nearly $600,000 in monetary and equipment donations this year.

Gas prices ease

The up-and-down, back-and-forth movement of gasoline prices continued last week, when the average price for self-service regular fuel edged slightly lower across Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The decrease followed a small increase in both states the previous week, according to price tracking by the auto club AAA.

But the U.S. 50-state average increased over the seven-day span ending Wednesday, AAA reported. It was the seventh straight week in which the average national price for self-service regular rose.

The Massachusetts average dipped to $3.554 for self-service regular on Wednesday, down 0.5 cents from $3.559 recorded by AAA the previous Wednesday. On the same day of 2013, the Bay State average of $3.597 was 4.3 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.

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