Delmar native is honored for saving SSA funds
A Delaware Department of Correction veteran was honored recently by the Social Security Administration for helping to put a stop to ineligible prison inmates receiving benefits.
Charles Terry Outten, Dover and a native of Delmar, received the Social Security Administration’s Public Service Award during a ceremony at the Department of Correction’s Dover Office of Probation and Patrol. Outten’s staff looked on as he received his award.
The Department of Correction entered into an agreement with the Social Security Administration in November 1996 to determine whether prison inmates in Delaware were receiving benefits. Outten determined that, over the last six years, 793 inmates had received benefits. There are several criteria that can result in a prison inmate being ineligible to receive Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration believes discontinuing these benefits saved thousands of dollars in Delaware.
Robert Hansen, Dover District manager for the SSA, said, “The Social Security Administration feels strongly about stewardship — those things that protect the taxpayer, reduce overpayments and ensure that the program is error-free. This partnership with the Department of Correction is meant to accomplish that — and does.”
Outten is director of the Division of Offender Records.
He is a 26-year veteran of the Department of Correction.
Outten, 59, is a 1961 graduate of Delmar High School and graduated from Goldy-Beacom College in 1963.
A Navy veteran, he served during the Vietnam War.
In 1982, he ran for the state House seat in the 34th district. But that campaign turned into what he calls a “personal tragedy.”
His older brother Bobby died at the start of his run and just five days before the election, his younger brother Jimmy died.
“I felt I was needed more as an uncle and decided to go to his brothers’ three children and help his sister-in-law,” he said.
He did not campaign the last week of the election and lost by more than 200 votes.
In addition to this award, Outten has been give a letter of commendation from the Department of Elections, a certificate from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and a state Senate resolution honoring him for his fiscal management for the Department of Correction.
He and his wife Ede have four daughters and six grandchildren.
Bi-Staters’ Coffee Talk
Congratulations to Brittany Barkley on receiving a $200 savings bond for first place, senior division, in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration Poetry and Essay contest. Congratulations also to Kneisha Schoolfield, who received a $100 savings bond as runner-up in the same division.
The week of the April 7 through April 12 is National Library Week. Delmar Public Library will start its celebration with an open house on the preceding Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will have demonstrations of its new Gateway computers and show people how they can find the information they want. Friends of the Library will serve light refreshments.
Cindy Schmidt will be at the Delmar Library, Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m. talking about genealogy. She has been doing this for quite a few years and has a lot of knowledge with the subject. The new computers at the library will have a genealogy database which the library has paid for. The census reports dates back into the 1800s in the database pertaining to the Eastern Shore.
We send our get-well wishes and prayers to Letitia Fisher, who is a patient at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury.
Happy birthday wishes to my mother, Winifred Kenton, who will celebrate her 80th birthday on Wednesday, March 26.
We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Douglas Warren Lineweaver, Doris Lee Gibson and Mabel Moffitt Evans.
Sunday was such a beautiful day. Several of us from the Laurel Saddle Friends took advantage of it and rode our horses at Idlewild in Federalsburg, Md. This is a great place to ride your horses and so relaxing and the scenery is beautiful.
Happy birthday wishes to the following people: Brian Cordrey, Chase Prettyman, Valerie Moore, Judy Bennett and Jacob Wilkins, March 24; Debra Webster and Kathy Martin, March 25; Mallory Elliott, March 26; Joshua Elliott and Pamela Penuel, March 27; Travis Ralph and Joyce Beatty, March 28; John Midgette, March 29; Jason Morris and Roschen Hill, March 30; Ralph Joseph , March 31.
Thought for the week: “The happiest people I know are the ones who have learned how to hold everything loosely and have given the worrisome, stress-filled, fearful details of their lives into God’s keeping.” Charles R. Swindoll.