Social Security Question & Answer!

GENERAL Question: My wife didn’t work enough to earn 40 credits to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits. Can she qualify on my record? Answer: Even if your spouse has never worked under Social Security, she can, at full retirement age, receive a benefit equal to one-half of your full retirement amount. Your wife is eligible for reduced spouse’s benefits as early as age 62, as long as you are already receiving benefits. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/retire.
Question: Do I have to give my Social Security number whenever I’m asked? Answer: Giving your Social Security number is voluntary. If requested, you should ask why the person asking needs your Social Security number, how it will be used, what law requires you to give your number, and what the consequences are if you refuse. The answers to these questions can help you decide whether to give your Social Security number. However, the decision is yours. Keep in mind that requestors might not provide you their services if you refuse to provide your Social Security number. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs to read or print our publication, Your Social Security Number And Card.
RETIREMENT Question: My neighbor said he applied for Social Security retirement benefits online. Can you really apply for retirement without traveling to an office? Answer: Yes, you can! And, what’s more exciting, it’s the easiest, fastest, and most convenient way to apply for retirement benefits. Our secure website makes it simple, allowing you to apply for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. You can get started now at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline.
Question: What is the earliest age I can begin receiving Social Security retirement benefits? Answer: The earliest age you can begin receiving Social Security retirement benefits is age 62. If you decide to receive benefits before your full retirement age, which for most people is age 66 or 67, you will receive a reduced benefit. Keep in mind you will not be able to receive Medicare coverage until age 65, even if you decide to retire at an earlier age. For more information, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/retire.
DISABILITY Question: Is there a time limit on how long I can receive Social Security disability benefits? Answer: Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved and you cannot work. Social Security will periodically review your case to determine whether you continue to be eligible. If you are still receiving disability benefits when you reach your full retirement age, your disability benefits will automatically be converted to retirement benefits. Learn more about disability benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/disability.
Question: Why is there a five-month waiting period for Social Security disability benefits? Answer: The law states Social Security disability benefits can be paid only after you have been disabled continuously throughout a period of five full calendar months. Social Security disability benefits begin with the sixth full month after the date your disability began. You are not able to receive benefits for any month during the waiting period. Learn more at our website: www.socialsecurity.gov/disability.
SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME Question: What are the rules for getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? I’m thinking about applying based on my disability. Answer: To be eligible to receive SSI benefits, you must be disabled, blind, or age 65 or older and have limited income and resources. Income is money you receive such as wages, Social Security benefits, and pensions. Income also includes the value of such things as food and shelter you receive from others. Resources are things you own such as real estate, bank accounts, cash, stocks, and bonds. You may be able to get SSI if your resources are worth no more than $2,000. A couple may be able to get SSI if they have resources worth no more than $3,000. Learn more by reading our publication, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.
Question: I have an appointment to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). What kind of information will I need to take with me? Answer: To help make the application process go quickly and smoothly, you should bring your Social Security card or Social Security Number; Your birth certificate or other proof of your age; the name, Social Security number and date of birth or age of your current spouse and any former spouse. You should also know the dates and places of marriage and dates of divorce or death (if appropriate); Information about the home where you live, such as your mortgage or your lease and landlord’s name; Payroll slips, bank books, insurance policies, burial fund records, and other information about your income and the things you own; Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen status; and ff you are applying for SSI because you are disabled or blind, we will need to know detailed information about your medical illnesses, injuries or conditions Names, addresses, phone numbers, patient ID numbers and dates of treatment for all doctors, hospitals and clinics; Names of medicines you are taking and who prescribed them; and names and dates of medical tests you have had and who sent you for them. Learn more by reading our publication, You May Be Able To Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.
MEDICARE Question: I lost my Medicare card. How can I get replacement? Answer: The easiest and newest way to get a replacement Medicare card is by using your my Social Security account. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount for more information on how to create an account. You also can get a replacement Medicare card by calling us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (for the deaf or hard of hearing, call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778). Keep your card in a safe place. You don’t want anyone getting hold of your Social Security number. They could steal your identity.

Sharon Kay Richards

Sharon Kay Richards, 70, passed away August 19, 2015 in Canon City, CO. The daughter of Stafford Lee and Kathleen (Ketchum) Anders, she was born November 11, 1944 in Casper, WY.
Sharon attended school in Pueblo, CO, graduating from South High School in 1962. After her marriage, she moved to Nebraska where she lived until 2003 when she moved back to Colorado. The last few years she worked for the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Sharon is survived by her daughter, Lori Lee (Jeff) Guenter; son, Glenn (Jodi) Richards; grandchildren, Alexander Roy Shorney of Lincoln, NE, Paul David Kalish of Hong Kong, Ashley Richards, and Michael Richards; sister, JoAnn Kerrigan; and numerous other family members. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Johnny; and her grandparents.
At her request, no services will be held. Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneralhomes.com

A Big THANK YOU from the Volunteer Firefighters!

CITIZEN’S OF THE CAÑON CITY AREA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT YOUR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU!!!!!!!
Your support and patronage of this department during our recent fundraiser was tremendous, we cannot say Thank You enough!  Because of your generosity, we will be able to purchase the necessary fire equipment and training we need to properly serve you, our citizens.  We additionally want to say a special thank you to the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations of auction items and door prizes: ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE & PARK, I LEAN RIDE COMPANY, ORTEGAS RESTAURANT, OWL CIGAR STORE, BRADY’S GARDEN CENTER, SWEET CHEEKS CAKERY, AUSTIN AUTOMOTIVE, KARI   JACOBS, JUMP START JAVA, CARVE’N CRITTERS, ROCKY MTN COORS/KELLY CORDOVA, SEARS, TOUCH OF LOVE FLORIST, JASON SANDO, PERSONAL TOUCH CAR DETAILING, RAFT MASTERS, HILLTOP MARKET, CANON CITY TRUE VALUE, LOGAN HILBURN, DD GROUP SECURITY, SKYLINE LIQUOR, JIM’S TIRE, SHELBY CUMBIE, VICTORY DEFENSE, ROYAL GORGE BREWING CO, MIKE FREER, TRACTOR SUPPLY CO, US BANK, TY SEUFER, SENTRY SIREN, AMERICAN PAWN, ALAN WOOLSEY, WHITE WATER BAR & GRILL, PIZZA HUT, TRUE VALUE HARDWARE AND TRAILERS, RAFT MASTERS, PIZZA MADNESS, BODYLINE HEALT AND NUTRITION, MOMOS SUSHI BAR, WOK & GRILL, ADVANCED WEAPONS/LUKE GOLOB, ELM AVE. GREENHOUSES    , COLO CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRIES, CANON CITY MORTGAGE CO, BELLA CAPELLI SALON & BOUTIQUE, MYKEL KROLL & FAST EDDIES BULLETS AND BRASS.

2016 Rodeo Association Deadline

August 29 th is the deadline for 2016 Canon City Rodeo Association (CCRA) Queens, Attendants, & Mr. Rodeo Royalty! Meeting is at 11:00 am sharp! At Rodeo grounds office. Bring your Horses!! All materials will be handed out. NO EXCEPTIONS! after Aug 29 th!  Questions/ call   Lynn Stock 719-276-0776 or 719-275-2646.                             Barrel Racing Club– Every Wednesday night at Rodeo grounds at 6:00 pm. We will be running Jackpots soon!! Questions/ call Carly Hines 970-901-6579. Roping at Rodeo grounds!! open practice for all. Starting September 3 rd. Every Thursday at 6:00 pm till ya can’t see! Stock fees Super Low! Any Questions/ call John Nichols 318-655-8059.

Miss Teen “Local Young Lady Competes For The Miss Teen Title”

Sherri Carr of Canon City was recently selected to participate in the 2015 Miss Teen pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Sherri learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local Colorado Springs area. Sherri submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Colorado Springs Pageant Coordinator.
Sherri will be competing for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Sherri will be competing in the Miss Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages of 7 through 19 competing in modeling routines, which include Casual Wear and Formal Wear. Most importantly, Sherri will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.
If Sherri were to win the title of Miss Teen, she would represent Colorado Springs and the surrounding communities at the National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida. Over $30,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at the National Competition while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando, Florida.
Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Sherri in participating in this year’s competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Sherri to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year’s Pageant.
Any business, organization, or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Sherri may contact the Miss Teen pageant coordinator, at 1-877-403-6678.

SOCIAL SECURITY HAS A LOT TO BRING TO THE TABLE!

Take a day to enjoy a fun summer picnic! Whether you plan one for the whole neighborhood, or a quiet day for two, you’ll need to bring a basket full of delicious foods. When you’re sharing various dishes with family and friends, whether you’re at home or away, you’ll be sure to make everyone happy with a variety of treats.
Social Security has a bunch of great dishes to bring to the picnic, too. Our table is ready to serve millions of Americans online, by phone, and in person in our network of field offices. It’s easy to pick the service method that’s best for you from the comfort of your home or on the go.
The quality service you expect from us is easy, secure, and convenient to access when you go online. Signing up for a my Social Security account will give you a secure and efficient way to interact with us and accomplish various tasks, including estimating your future benefits or managing your current benefits. You can sign up for your own account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and join the more than 19 million Americans who already conduct business with us online using my Social Security.
Another way you can contact us is toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Of course, you can also use the field office locator at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact to find your local field office, where you can speak with a Social Security employee face-to-face.
What true summer picnic is complete without ice cream? When it comes to great flavors, there’s vanilla, mint, chocolate chip, rocky road … who can choose just one? Likewise, Social Security offers all the different types of benefits you’ll need at any stage of your life.
Social Security has retirement benefits and the tools to help you plan for your retirement and apply for benefits online.  But that’s not all. We also provide disability benefits to individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from working.  If the disabled individual has dependent family members, they can also receive payments. There are also survivors benefits for widows, widowers, and deceased workers’ dependent children. When you create your my Social Security account, you can view your Social Security Statement to see estimates of the future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits you and your family may be eligible to receive.
It’s a great day for a picnic! Social Security is ready to fire up the grill and share our great services and benefits, and you’re invited! Visit www.socialsecurity.gov today, and we’ll save you a place.

Social Security “Celebrating the Past and Building the Future”

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. Social Security is a social insurance program under which workers earn coverage for retirement, survivors, and disability benefits by paying Social Security taxes on their earnings. Social Security serves as vital financial protection for working men and women, children, those with disabilities, and the elderly. Social Security also administers the Supplemental Security income program, which is funded by general revenues and provides cash assistance to aged, blind and disabled persons who have very limited means. The Social Security program is the cornerstone of economic protection on which workers can build a comfortable retirement through pensions, insurance, savings, and other income. Social Security is committed to providing the American public choices for conducting business with the agency and the Social Security website offers online services, applications, and program information for beneficiaries, employer, and the public. My Social Security allows people quick, convenient, and secure access to their personal Social Security record and a personal My Social Security account is a valuable source of information beginning in employees’ working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits. The City of Cañon City recognizes the importance of Social Security benefits to the welfare of its citizens and joins the Social Security Administration in celebrating its past and in building its future.SocialSecphot