It will be a day to eat pancakes, give thanks and recognition, and to stoke a fire for a ceremonious event - when the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Association (SVAAA) burns its loan papers for its facility on Sunday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The burning of the loan note for the facility, in which the association took up residency in September 2004, will take place at noon.

Ambulance director Jim Cooper, noting he had just paid off the loan on the morning of May 8, stated, "We will recognize the efforts made and ceremoniously burn the loan. We are thankful to have it done so we can move on to other projects. It was hanging around our necks for about three-and-a-half to four years."

The association will also recognize Wes Peterson for his 20 plus years of service from 10 a.m. to noon.

Cooper noted that several years ago the city had just built the new library and relocated city hall to the old library so it was running low on funding. He noted that the ambulance service was located at that time in an old gas station for several years.

The Association decided to raise the funds for a new building itself by getting into lawful gambling (pull tabs) and this money was set aside for the new building.

He noted that around 2000 the association came up with a design and was then really serious about raising funds. Cooper stated the building cost about $525,000 to be built and this money came from pull tabs and a pledge drive.

Cooper said a loan was taken out by the association at Security State Bank to pay off some debt and to finish off the rest of the building's interior. This is the note that will be burned at the breakfast and it was paid off from proceeds from pull tabs and some of the associations training money.

Cooper noted that at one time the association had its pull tab boxes at five locations but it has dwindled down to one currently.

"Its a good feeling, with the pull tab locations dwindling down, it seems like good timing," stated Cooper.

He noted that he would like to recognize Security State Bank and Kim Brown for working with the association on the loan.

"I have to recognize Kim Brown for going to bat for us and helping us out. We wouldn't be where we are at now if it wasn't for her and Security State Bank standing behind us," stated Cooper.

The pancake breakfast, open to all, at the Spring Valley Ambulance Association will feature a menu of pancakes, sausages, biscuits and gravy, coffee, juice and milk. A free will donation will be accepted.