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AAA Northeast reported Monday that the average price for a gallon of regular-unleaded gasoline sold in Massachusetts was $2.16, down 3 cents from a week ago. AP FILE PHOTO
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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts gas prices are bucking recent trends and falling during the heat of summer.

AAA Northeast reported Monday that the price of self-serve, regular gas has dropped three cents in the past week, to an average of $2.16 per gallon. That’s a nickel below the national average and 50 cents lower than the price in Massachusetts a year ago.

Current prices are also a far cry from eight years ago, when the price at the pump reached as high as $4.08 per gallon in Massachusetts.

The cheapest price for communities in the Nashoba Valley, according to gasbuddy.com, are as follows:

* Ayer, $2.29 at Smart Fuel Across America, 42 Littleton Road

* Dunstable, $2.29 at Gulf, 238 Pleasant St.

* Groton, $2.13 at Prime Energy, 619 Boston Road

* Pepperell, $2.13 at Ampet, 9 South Road

* Shirley, $2.19 at Citgo, 10 Front St.

* Townsend, $2.09 at Haffner’s, 197 Main St.

AAA found self-serve, regular gas selling for as low as $1.99 per gallon and as high as $2.59.

AAA spokeswoman Mary Maguire said prices usually increase after Memorial Day.

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