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AAA WEEKLY FUEL GAUGE

The national gas price average is $2.51, which is three cents cheaper than last week, four cents less than last month, and 25 cents more than a year ago. Gas prices have continued to drop over the last week as gasoline stocks grew again, measuring at 260 million bbl – the highest stock level ever recorded by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) since it began recording the data in 1990.

Increased total domestic stocks of gasoline have helped to ease pump prices. Typically, AAA sees lower demand during this time of year. When combined with higher stock levels, pump prices usually decrease in response.

EIA estimates that demand grew slightly from 8.56 million b/d to 8.66 million b/d. However, the current rate is lower than last year’s 8.87 million b/d at this time.

In the Great Lakes and Central States price declines have mostly slowed since last week in the region though Wisconsin is experiencing a 2-cent decrease.

Regional gasoline stocks built by 1.7 million bbl, according to the EIA, bumping totals to 58.2 million bbl. Stocks have been steadily building since mid-November and are at the highest level for the region since February 2019. Typical regional fluctuation aside, gas prices are poised to continue to edge cheaper through the end of the month.

  Monday Sunday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago
National $2.517 $2.521 $2.547 $2.557 $2.264
Wisconsin $2.380 $2.385 $2.407 $2.402 $2.072
Appleton $2.328 $2.327 $2.356 $2.351 $1.997
Eau Claire $2.455 $2.458 $2.458 $2.483 $2.123
Green Bay $2.358 $2.356 $2.388 $2.375 $2.041
Janesville-Beloit $2.302 $2.307 $2.321 $2.330 $2.041
La Crosse $2.452 $2.447 $2.446 $2.415 $2.145
Madison $2.342 $2.343 $2.361 $2.377 $2.029
Milwaukee $2.328 $2.335 $2.360 $2.334 $2.060
Wausau $2.406 $2.410 $2.451 $2.429 $2.050

Click here to view current gasoline price averages

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AAA – The Auto Club Group Urges Motorists to Slow Down, Move Over to Protect Tow Operators, First Responders

AAA urges all motorists to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles, tow service operators and road crews working alongside multi-lane roadways. To bring greater awareness to the law AAA has launched an ongoing Slow Down, Move Over campaign aimed at reducing deaths and injuries among tow operators, first responders and roadside workers.

“Our roadside service providers will respond to over 30 million calls for help this year alone; delivering safety, security and peace of mind to our members. Yet their lives are on the line every time they answer the call, said Nick Jarmusz, Director of Public Affairs for AAA.. “We are asking for the public’s support to protect all of the first responders who come to the rescue of motorists. Slow down, move over as the lives of our highway heroes are on your shoulders.”

While all fifty states have slow down, move over laws for emergency responders, which includes tow trucks, fewer than 30 percent of Americans know about these laws, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). In Wisconsin, the law requires drivers to shift lanes or slow down in order to provide a “safety zone” for a squad car, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, utility vehicle, or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing.

AAA, which is in the business of rescuing millions of stranded motorists across the country each year, says about 200 roadside workers and first responders — one every six days — loses their life at the roadside and hundreds more are injured while assisting motorists.

To protect roadside workers and improve highway safety, AAA offers these precautionary tips:

  • Always remain alert. Avoid distractions and focus on the task of driving.
  • Maintain a visual lead of everything going on 20 to 30 seconds ahead of you. This gives you time to see problems ahead and change lanes and adjust speed accordingly.
  • Emergencies can occur anywhere on the road. When you see flashing lights, slow down and prepare well in advance to change lanes. Allow others to merge into your lane when necessary.
  • Don’t follow semi-trucks or other large vehicles too closely. If a truck moves into a left-hand lane, don’t speed around the right side. They are changing lanes for a reason; be prepared to change lanes yourself.
  • When road conditions are slick, don’t make sudden lane changes which can cause an uncontrollable skid. Change lanes early and move over gradually.
  • If you are unable to move over, slow down to a safe speed taking into consideration that you are approaching a workspace where pedestrians are present.

For information on laws in other states, visit drivinglaws.aaa.com.

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Wacky But True: Horse Edition

A runaway horse was found running on a busy main road in Cardiff, Wales. Police were called, but they were unsure what to do because a horse trailer wasn’t immediately available. Passers-by came to the rescue and calmed the horse down enough that it “happily trotted” onto a bus using a disabled ramp.

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Prank Your Valentine

There’s nothing that says “I love you” more than a face full of heart-shaped glitter on Valentine’s Day. A company called Pranks Anonymous now offers a glitter bomb, which consists of heart-shaped glitter flying everywhere and creating a mess of sparkles. Arriving as an unmarked tube, your crush will be clueless as to what’s inside.

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Miss Green Bay Area Competition Information and Candidates Announced!

The annual Miss Green Bay Area and Outstanding Teen Scholarship Competition (presented by R.E. Management, Inc.) will add two new titleholders to Titletown on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Bay Port High School, Suamico. The show features 12 competitors.

This year the following will vie for the Miss Green Bay Area title (Name, Hometown,
Talent, Platform):

Jazmine Berger of Waupaca, UWGB, Jazz dance – “Valerie”, It’s More than Just a
Screen; Hanna Mertens of Washington (IL), UWGB, Contemporary Dance Routine – “Head Above Water”, Standing up to Mental Illness: You are Not Alone; Kristyn Gardner of Goodman, NWTC, Saxophone, Empowerment 4 All; Kylie Thompson of Beloit, St. Norbert College Graduate, Musical Theatre Vocal “They Just Keep Movin’ the Line”, Food for Thought – Easting Disorder Awareness & Prevention; Christianna Wallander of Two Rivers, Fox Valley Technical College, Vocal – You Say, Leveling the Playing Field; Maddie Budner of New London, Edgewood College, Opera – “Quando Me’n Vo”, Unashamed and Unafraid: Empowering Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
Those vying for the title of Miss Green Bay Area’s Outstanding Teen title (Name,
Hometown, Talent, Platform): Hashanti Perry of Green Bay, Clarinet – December Sky, A Beautiful Me; Jersey Tostrup of Bellevue, Dance – “I Feel Pretty”, Being Yourself; Anna Gruesen of Green Bay, Tap – “Wild Horses”, Mission Appreciation; Aubree Leitermann of Kimberly, Ballet en Pointe – “Humble & Kind”, Aubree’s Blankets for Veterans: Giving to Those Who Gave So Much; Eve Vanden Heuvel of Freedom, Piano “Toccata”, Thank You From the Heart – Thanking our Veterans; Brooklyn Heyn of Appleton, Violin – “Crystalize”, Autism Awareness: Paving the Way to Empower.

The show will also feature a mentorship program for girls ages 5-12.

Candidates ages 13-25 that meet criteria are eligible by full time residency, school
attendance, or employment in Brown County or any county directly adjacent, including:
Calumet, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie, and Shawano.

The production will also feature Miss Green Bay Area 2019 Kaylee Vermeern and Miss
Green Bay Area’s Outstanding Teen 2019 Elizabeth Black. Kaylee was the recipient of the Non-Finalist Talent Award at The Miss Wisconsin Competition held this past June. Elizabeth placed Fourth Runner Up to Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen 2019.
The show is open to the public on Saturday, February 1, at 4 p.m. at Bay Port High
School. Purchase tickets in advance on the MGBA website:  http://www.missgreenbayarea.com Tickets will also be available at the door. The show will feature a silent auction.
Scholarship and prizes will be awarded to participants. The new titleholders will advance to the Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen Competitions this June in Oshkosh.

The Miss Green Bay Area Organization is asking all former Miss Green Bays to contact
us through our Facebook page or email (allmedia@missgreenbayarea.com).  More information about the competition and this all volunteer, not for profit organization
can be found at http://www.missgreenbayarea.com and the organization’s Facebook page.