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Heating Oil Prices up 

The price of heating oil in Maine has gone up for a second consecutive week. According to the Office of Energy Independence and Security, the statewide average for heating oil was $2.32 a gallon on Monday. That’s 4 pennies higher than last week. The price also rose 4 cents the week before. As always, there’s a wide variety of prices across the state, with the lowest price of $1.95 found in southwestern Maine and the highest price of $2.70 found in eastern Maine. The average price of kerosene also rose 4 cents to $2.75. The federally funded low-income heating assistance program known as LIHEAP is currently taking applications through community action programs across the state. For appointments and income eligibility information, individuals and families should contact their local program. The Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP) serves people in Kennebec, Somerset, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties. KVCAP’s telephone number is 1-800-542-8227. You can also find them on the web at KVCAP.org