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Fri., Aug. 18, 2006, 8:34 a.m.

AM Hucks: Avista Bill Gives Credit Where It’s Overdue

Huckleberries Online commenter Post Falls Dad shoulda thought he'd hit the lottery when he opened his Avista bill Thursday. After all, he got a natural gas credit of $909.86. Thinking he'd been "punked," he called the utility and was told: "We tested your meter and found out we have been overcharging you by 3 percent on your gas usage. The canceled billing amounts are credits to repay you for the overcharges. Have a great day." Unimpressed, Post Falls Dad told Huckleberries: "It's not enough that we were hit with a huge increase, but to be overcharged?" P'haps he shoulda demanded interest, too?

•Poet's Corner: "There are few things that farmers hate/like arthropods that masticate,/and so to halt an insect tide/they fill the skies with pesticide" – The Bard of Sherman Avenue ("Summer Travels: Crop Dusters Near Moses Lake").

•Nah, CdA Councilman Mike Kennedy isn't expanding constituent service to include lawn-mowing duties. He was paying off a bet when you saw him behind that mower in the Bentwood subdivision Sunday – to fellow former New Yorker Thom George. Seems Mike picked the wrong team in the Big Apple series, which the Mets won last spring, and he couldn't get Thom to go double or nothing on a rematch.

•ITD spokeswoman Barbara Babic tells Huckleberries she has all her fingers and toes crossed that the Government Way bridge will reopen Wednesday, after more than a year of work. We all do.

Hat Tip: To the Copy Editor who writes the headlines for print Huckleberries. S/he's consistently is brilliant.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.