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AAA: Michigan gas prices at 23-month lows

STATEWIDE — The plunge at the pump continues this week, and now gas prices are poised to have their lowest start to the New Year since Jan. 1, 2016.

Americans are finding gas prices below $2 a gallon at 31 percent of filling stations in the United States. Since mid-October, the national average has plummeted a total of 61 cents. Thursday’s average price of $2.29 per gallon is the lowest since July 2017.

“Falling gas prices continue to be ‘the gift that keeps giving’ this holiday season,” said Nancy Cain, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Prices at the pump declined as AAA projected last week, largely due to weakness in the stock market and concerns about global crude oversupply. Although oil and gasoline futures have been on a rollercoaster ride this week, wholesale gas prices have held steady. Unless oil prices suddenly spike, prices at the pump should remain low through the end of the year.”

Gas prices in Michigan are at their lowest level since November 2016. Drivers are finding gas prices well below $2 a gallon at 35 percent of filling stations in Michigan. Meanwhile, only 11 percent of retailers in the state have regular unleaded listed above $2.25/g.

Since mid-October, Michigan gas prices have plummeted an average of 95 cents. Thursday’s state average price of $2.08 per gallon is 12 cents less than a week ago, and 56 cents less than this time last year.

Michiganders paid an average price of $2.76 per gallon at the pump in 2018. The highest daily average price in 2018 was $3.13 per gallon on May 24. — G.G.

McLaren Flint offers free seminar on Makoplasty Hip and Knee Replacement

GENESEE COUNTY – McLaren Flint invites area men and women to attend a free seminar on Makoplasty Hip and Knee Replacement, Jan. 16, at the Swartz Creek Area Senior Center, 8095 Civic Dr., Swartz Creek; or on Feb. 13, at the Clio Area Senior Center, 2136 W. Vienna Rd., Clio.

Seann Willson, MD, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, who is fellowship trained in lower extremity reconstruction and hip and knee replacement, will discuss minimally invasive surgical options for hip and knee pain including the new Makoplasty procedure now available at McLaren Flint. Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery is a procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to arthritis. By selectively targeting the damaged cartilage, the surgeon can spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the arthritic portion of the joint. Registration is required.

The Swartz Creek event: Jan. 16, 5-6 p.m. at the Swartz Creek Area Senior Center

8095 Civic Dr., Swartz Creek. Registration is required, call 810-342-4473 or visit swartzcreekkneepain. eventbrite.com. Refreshments will be served.

The Clio event: Feb. 13, 5-6 p.m. at the Clio Area Senior Center, 2136 W. Vienna Rd., Clio

Registration is required, call 810-342-4473 or visit cliokneepain1.eventbrite.com. Refreshments will be served. – G.G.

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