More and more applying for energy assistance

NORWICH – With the prices for gasoline and retail heating oil rising to new heights, many consumers are having to choose between getting to work and paying for heat, food and other household essentials.

Federal energy information analysts are predicting pump prices to peak near $3.50 a gallon in the spring. Retail heating oil prices this winter are already 33.5 percent higher than last year. Those economic stresses, coupled with the threat of rising unemployment in the area, have many in Chenango County finding themselves at the door of social services.

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