Announcement surprises Sno-Valley Seniors
by Valley View staff
CARNATION - The Sno-Valley Senior Center received a late Christmas present from the County Council last Friday when Councilman Dave Irons announced during the annual membership meeting that their $157,000 mortgage will be paid in full by the county.
The announcement was met by cheers and tears of joy among the seniors and staff of the center.
Senior Center Director Pat Grant said the gift was the result of the efforts of retiring Councilmember Louise Miller, who was able to add it to the county's 2001 budget.
"Louise Miller proposed it and Dave Irons supported it," said Grant. "Louise was the leading force. She is a gem."
Grant said she and Marge Qualls, Sno-Valley Senior Center Board President, were the only ones in on the secret.
"Louise called the third week in December to let us know this was happening," she said. "It is a real celebration. Everyone is so pleased."
Grant said the center will hold a "mortgage burning party" during the Feb. 10 steak dinner.
She said previously the mortgage was being paid off from fund-raising events and the operating budget.
"This will free up funds for more programs and services for seniors," she said.