Gas prices begin to climb after slumping to two-year low

Staff writer

After enjoying average gas prices well under $2 per gallon during the past two months, Historic Triangle motorists have begun to see prices creep upwards in recent weeks, according to the latest AAA report.

The national average price for gas was $2.25 per gallon Wednesday, 2 cents lower than last month’s average and a 34-cent drop from this time last year. Virginia was one of 25 states to see prices increase compared to last week, according to the report.

Across the state, prices have begun to trend upward. Wednesday’s state average was $2.06 per gallon, a penny more than last week. The average price across the state is level with prices from this time last month, but still 37 cents cheaper than in January 2018.

The fluctuating price averages could be due to higher crude oil prices and record-high gas stocks, according to AAA spokeswoman Jeanette Casselano, but the rising prices aren’t likely to become a long-term trend.

“With gasoline stocks sitting at their highest level on record coupled with colder-than-normal weather forecasted for much of the Midwest and East Coast, motorists are likely to see demand drop and gas prices decrease or hold steady this week,” she said in the report.

AAA’s gas pricing website reports Thursday’s averages for James City County were slightly lower than the state average at $2.05 per gallon, while York County’s averages were even lower at $1.99 per gallon.

According to crowdsource gas pricing website GasBuddy, Williamsburg motorists can expect to pay as low as $1.99 per gallon at the 7-Eleven and Exxon station on Richmond Road, or as high as $2.29 per gallon at the BP station at the corner of Richmond Road and Lafayette Street.

For more information on national and state gas price averages, visit gasprices.aaa.com.

Toano-based nonprofit organization Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center recently broke its fundraising goals thanks to contributions from two local businesses.

Dream Catchers offers therapeutic horse riding lessons to 80 to 100 children and adults with special needs each week, and is accredited through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, according to a news release.

At the fundraising event Cowboys Uncorked, attendees were encouraged to dress up in Wild West garb and a select number of members of the local business community appeared on “most wanted” posters. They then donated funds to the nonprofit as their “bail.”

“We were overjoyed with results and support from all of this year’s celebrity arrestees and attendees at Cowboys Uncorked,” Dream Catchers Executive Director Janet Mayberry said in the release.

The Power family, owners of the Cheese Shop and Fat Canary in Merchants Square, and Kim Armstead, vice president of operations and revenue at James City County property management company HMP Properties, were the two major contributors at the event, according to the release.

“It was an honor to present special plaques to Kim Armstead and HMP Properties along with the Power family for their major fundraising contributions and enthusiasm for Dream Catchers,” Mayberry said.

For more information about Dream Catchers, call 757-566-1775 or visit dreamcatchers.org.

Employees at New Town-based marketing agency Howell Creative Group recently donated more than $1,000 to the Heritage Humane Society in honor of Marie Halpin, a Howell employee, who died last summer.

The money was collected through a fund that Howell employees created in Halpin’s name. The fund was named after Halpin’s two cats, which she adopted from the Heritage Humane Society, a York County-based animal shelter.

Halpin worked as a bookkeeper for the firm for 25 years, according to a news release, and was a devoted cat owner who frequently donated to local causes and nonprofits that aim to help wildlife and pets.

For more information about the Heritage Humane Society, visit heritagehumane.org.

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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