International News Desk – At Home: A Good Read; Around the World: Lower My Bills

International News Desk – At Home: A Good Read; Around the World: Lower My Bills

At Home: A Good Read

It’s hard to put down a good read. Well-written (or even just entertaining) stories can draw you into another world, making it difficult to close your book and pull yourself back into reality when the responsibilities of everyday life call.

Especially when You’re at a really, really good part.

Recently, though, an Innerkip, Ontario woman discovered that sometimes It’s better to set the book back on the shelf and pay attention to what You’re supposed to be doing?in her case, driving.

As the Woodstock Sentinel Review reports, Carmen Velocci, 63, ?has been charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act? after she was caught speeding down Highway 401 while buried deep in a book. A police officer ?conducting a routine patrol? noticed Velocci travelling at 100 km/hour while ?reading a book in plain sight.?

Whatever book she was reading must be worth adding to my library list.

Around the World: Lower My Bills

When the electrical bill comes ?round, It’s usually time for groaning. Not so for one woman, though; she discovered that she’d overpaid for the past 25 years, and the electrical company owed her more than $10,000.

As NBC Connecticut reports, Grace Edwards, of Cheshire, CT, had been billed for decades for the cost of running the street lights near her home. The extra charges, which ?amounted to about $35 each month,? had been a carryover from the previous owner, a ?developer who . . . had agreed to pay for the lights.?

It wasn’t until Edwards put the house up for sale, 25 years later, that she discovered the overcharges after ?a prospective buyer for the house asked for a history of utility charges.?

Although Connecticut Light and Power removed the charges once the error was discovered, it ?initially refused to reimburse her.? Edwards had to contact the state’s Office of Consumer Counsel, which ?got the issue resolved in two business days,? Edwards said in a press release.

She was paid nearly $10,500?covering the overcharges in addition to the interest accumulated over 25 years.