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Crane to Lift Truck into Sterling Commons Courtyard


VICTORVILLE — This month, a large crane will hoist a red 1939 Ford Truck over buildings and into the courtyard of the Sterling Commons senior facility.

The event will place the vintage truck at the heart of the campus, residents, families and staff can enjoy the vehicle for years to come, said Debra Newlin, director for the memory care facility in Victorville.

“The truck was originally from North Dakota and was used as a fire truck,” Newlin said. “The truck is currently in Olympia, Washington, but will soon become part of the Sterling Commons family.”

Each facility in the network of Koelsch Communities has a vintage vehicle of motorcycle on site for the “health and enjoyment” of the seniors, Newlin said.

“Classic cars, old music and artwork are some of the things that remind our seniors of their past,” Newlin told the Daily Press. “The short-term memory of our seniors have faded and most have started to live in the past. Our new truck will bring back happy memories of younger days.”

Last year, Sterling Commons hosted a private classic car show for its residents, where dozens of seniors spent the day sitting behind the wheel and taking a trip down memory lane.

“We have a classic 1960s Vespa scooter next door at our Sterling Inn assisted and independent living facility,” Newlin said.” “The Vespa is quite the conversation piece.”

The registration deadline to view the truck lift is Feb. 22 and can be made by calling 760-245-3300. The event begins at 2 p.m. on Feb.27 at Sterling Commons, 17797 Lindero Street in Victorville.

For more information, call 442-600-4161 or visit

Reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227,, Twitter  @DP_ReneDeLaCruz

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