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Current News Briefs - 9/25 - Keep Me Current: Community Columns

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22-Oct. 3, to allow the public to try their various programs for free. This includes exercise classes, gym and weight rooms, pools and more. The goal is to encourage the public to make use ofthe Ys programs and services to achieve better health and well-being. Anyone whobecomes a member by Oct. 13 will be eligible for a free year-long membership.Call 874-1111 or see www.ymcaofsouthernmaine.org for more information. Hunger fundraiser This week, Sept. 22-26, the Dead River Company is taking part in national Hunger Action Month activities to help raise awareness and money to aid the fight against hunger across Maine.

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Volleyball: Fenwick comes up with heart-stopping win Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:00 am The Bishop Fenwick volleyball team pulled out a heart-stopper Wednesday with a 3-2 win over Archbishop Williams at Braintree. Soccer: Chavez leads St. Mary's boys past Fenwick Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:00 am The St. Marys boys soccer team was in a tight game early on against Fenwick Wednesday night, but Cristian Chavez hat trick propelled the Spartans pull away easily from the Crusaders, 6-1 at Fenwick. Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:00 am TODAY Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:00 am Crusaders beat St. Mary's Players of the Week named Wednesday, September 24, 2014 3:00 am Rufus Rushins of Bishop Fenwick and Doug Santos of Peabody High are this weeks Item/Agganis Foundation Players of the Week. Rushins, who lives in Lynn, scored three touchdowns and ran for more than 200 yards in the Crusaders 36-20 win over Essex Tech that raised their record to 2-0. Santos helped lead Peabody to its season-opening second straight win, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 239 yards in a victory over Somerville. Cross Country: Mwangi, St. Marys boys prevail Wednesday, September 24, 2014 3:00 am Tony Mwangi of Lynn had another strong outing for the St. Marys boys cross country team, taking first place overall in the Spartans sweep against Arlington Catholic and Archbishop Williams at Arlington. Wednesday, September 24, 2014 3:00 am WEDNESDAY Wednesday, September 24, 2014 3:00 am The Swampscott volleyball team went five sets against Salem Tuesday before pulling out a 3-2 victory. Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:00 am TUESDAY Soccer: Lynnfield girls slip late, settle for draw Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:00 am Sometimes its not about how you start a game, but how you finish it and the Lynnfield girls soccer team found that out the hard way in a 2-2 tie with visiting Triton Monday afternoon. Roundup: Marblehead field hockey hangs on for win Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:00 am The Marblehead High field hockey team struck early and hung on in a 2-1 win over Danvers Monday at Marblehead. Roundup: Rushins runs for over 200 yards, helps lead Fenwick past Essex Tech Monday, September 22, 2014 3:00 am The states longest current win streak was extended to 18 games on Saturday but it was by no means easy for Bishop Fenwick.

The average in Springfield, Missouri, is already below $3, according to Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service and GasBuddy.com. Several other cities are on the brink. "And there will be more, many more," Kloza said. Cities in high-priced states such as California and New York will not be among them, though, which will probably keep the national average above $3. At the current national average of $3.35 a gallon, gas is a dime cheaper than a year ago at this time. The gap is 20 cents or more in seven states, including California, Kansas, South Dakota and Connecticut, according to AAA. Lower fuel prices help the economy in a few ways. They make goods cheaper to ship and make travel more affordable. Drivers are left with a few extra dollars in their pockets. And consumers grow confident enough to make other purchases, perhaps even a big-ticket item. Consumer spending is 70 percent of the U.S. economy. Aidan Obrecht, a 20-year-old community college student from Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, said gas in his area has fallen 10 to 20 cents over the past couple of weeks. He paid $3.27 a gallon Thursday to fill up his Ford Taurus on his way to work at a CVS pharmacy. "I'm living paycheck to paycheck, so it's nice to be able to save" he said. "Even if it's $5 or $10 extra (after a fill-up), it adds up over the long run." Fall is when refiners are allowed to switch to a cheaper blend of gasoline for the cooler months, and driving demand declines after summer vacations have ended.

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