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    Holiday gift for utility bills

    Residential customers of Middleborough Gas & Electric Department will get the usual 10 percent holiday break on their rates for December. According to department spokeswoman Sandra Richter, the tradition dates back more than 50 years. For the average customer, it will mean a $5 reduction to the electric bill and $10 to the gas bill. The department has 15,000 electric customers in both Middleborough and Lakeville, and 5,000 gas customers in Middleborough.