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Residents deal with rising gas prices

TRI-COUNTY AREA—Gas prices are on the rise again, which means people are looking at ways to drive and therefore spend less.
According to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the average cost of a gallon of gas has increased 35 cents in one month. The authority said the price of gas for upstate New York was $3.67 a gallon as of March 7. On Feb. 7, the average price was $3.32.
Dave Hartman, Yates County highway superintendent, said he personally expects the prices to continue to increase into the summer. He attributed the price jump to the recent Middle East conflicts.
John Nowak of Penn Yan said he is doing less driving for errands. He explained he cuts down three to four trips into one drive. Nowak added the price of gas will probably continue to rise until it reaches $5.
Lisa Jenkins of Dresden said it takes over $70 to fill her vehicle’s tank, so she is trying to drive less. Julie Hinkal had a similar remark. She said she is trying to stay close to Penn Yan and not take extra trips. She added the family would reconsider going camping if the price of gas continues to be high.
Carl Smith of Penn Yan said the rising cost of gas will make some people have less money for other necessities. He explained it puts limitations on people based on their ability to pay.
For some, the increased cost of gas is coupled with daily needs and necessary drives.
“You still have to go to work, you still have to buy groceries,” said Potter resident Barbara Diamon. However, Rich Diamon added the couple would probably not drive north to Rochester or south to Elmira like they used to.
Carol Sackett said she luckily doesn’t have to drive very far to get to work: from Penn Yan to Keuka College. She said if she had to drive farther out for work the cost of gas would make it difficult.
Penn Yan resident Ann Tuiul said even if the price continues to go up, she will still have to take her daughter to college in Canada.
For others, the price increase hasn’t been a hindrance yet.
“Not so far. It will if it continues to go up,” said Lenny Fox.
Ed Pinneo said he doesn’t travel very much, so it’s not affecting him yet. He added if the price at the pumps increases he will have to curtail his driving. Pinneo explained his pickup truck requires a lot of gas.




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