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Sterling Inn Is Growing Again in the High Desert

Koelsch Senior Communities is growing again in the High Desert. Sterling Inn, located in Victorville, is scheduled for a $9 million enhancement to its already illustrious community in the beautiful High Desert.

Set to begin in September 2016, this new construction project will include an additional 37 units. Also included will be enhancements and upgrades throughout the community.

Sterling Inn will grow from 98,000 sq.ft. to 133, 000 sq.ft, and will add new parking spaces. Continuing in its history of quality design and craftsmanship, there will be new one bedroom units, larger studios and two bedroom units. Development is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017.

For more information, please contact Don Barber, Executive Director at Sterling Inn at, or call (760) 245-2999.

Second generation, family owned and operated for over 58 years, Koelsch Senior Communities leads the industry in independent, assisted living and memory care by training and employing licensed nurses and professional staff on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The communities utilize the specially designed Personal Touch ProgramSM, instilling significance in every interaction.

Koelsch Senior Communities are committed to brining dignity, respect and the highest standards of service to our residents and family members.

Celebration of Love for 13 Couples in Vow Renewal Ceremony

A renewal of vows ceremony “Celebration of Love,” was held on February 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville.

There were 13 couples participating: Donald & Donna Catron (20 years); Floyd & Teddie Merritt (23); Ted & Marsha Weasma (31); Gary & Esperanza Jackson (36); Salvador & Alma Jimenez (43); Florian & Susan Domino (50); John & Brigid Kemppainen (50); Glenn & April Mellem (50); Joseph & Anastasia De Rosa (51); Jaime & Naomi Camilo (51); Saul & Cora Peters (56); Glenn & Joyce Ann Howard (62); and Richard & Marie Maxfield (67).

Each couple renewed their pledge to each other, with the help of Chaplain Joy Jeannette, who officiated at the ceremony.
Afterwards, the couples enjoyed time with family and friends who came from near and far to help them celebrate. Each couple got to cut their own miniature wedding cake, and then many danced the afternoon away.

Inter Valley Health Plan hosted the event, and Community Liaison Marcie Lerner stated that the couples have been married an average of 45 years. Their stories of falling in love touched her heart.

Other sponsors included St. Joseph Health/St. Mary, Premier Healthcare, VNA California, Heritage Senior Care, Community Hospice and OneCare.

For more information on Inter Valley Health Plan, visit or search for them on Facebook.

Award Winning Beatles Biography Show Coming

In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles is the nationally touring musical biography of the Beatles through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein, featuring the live music of renowned tribute band, Abbey Road. The show is widely considered by industry insiders to be the most unique Beatles show in decades. In My Life performs at the Anneberg Theater on Friday, February 26. The show is appropriate for all ages.

More than just a Beatles tribute concert, In My Life gives the audience a chance to “be there” at pivotal moments in the extraordinary career of the Beatles: Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, The Ed Sullivan Show, Shea Stadium, Abbey Road Studios and the final live performance on the rooftop of their Apple Corp offices.

With manager Brian Epstein serving as narrator, In My Life allows the audience to get a glimpse inside the world of the Beatles from their point of view, as well as hear some of the greatest songs ever written.

Historical settings such as the Cavern Club are established on stage with videos and images which play behind the actors and musicians on a video screen.

With their tight harmonies, flawless renditions, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to detail, they recreate the magic of the Beatles, including the Fab Four’s cheeky personalities and familiar onstage banter.

In My Life takes the audience back to February 1964 when America watched the Beatles for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show, playing “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”

Progressing through their various musical stages, the audience re-experiences the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the creation of the haunting “Blackbird” and the raucous rock and roll of “Revolution.”

“The show delivers!” said the L.A. Times. “If you see one tribute show, see this one – smart and loads of fun,” said the O.C. Register. Beatles,” San Diego Theatre Review.

Abbey Road performed a three month residency at the Harrah’s Reno showroom and recently concluded a two month residency this summer at the Harrah’s Laughlin showroom.

The show in Palm Springs is part of a 125 city tour through the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Hesperia Health & Safety Fair Was Fun and Educational

The Hesperia Health & Safety Fair was held on October 17 at the civic park on Smoketree.

Children got to see fire trucks and emergency vehicles up-close, and learned lots of safety tips.

A bicycle safety course was fun, and there were games like sack races and bounce houses, plus free face painting.

Shoppers were out in force to grab up some unique hand-crafted items for their holiday gift list.

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Neighborhood Watch Highlighted During Crime Prevention Month

Residents Realtors Supporting Crime Prevention Month – Training Still Being Conducted for Neighborhood Watch Groups

Photo: Pam Hoffman, Sheriff’s Services Specialist conducts training at High Desert Association of Realtors on how to start a Neighborhood Watch group.

High Desert Association of REALTORS® (HDAOR) is continuing its effort to promote the creation of Neighborhood Watch groups throughout the High Desert, sponsoring monthly training to prepare Block Captains to organize their neighborhoods.

“Since January we have held monthly training sessions, and we believe in support of National Neighborhood Watch Month it’s critical to encourage residents to get involved,” said Association President Becky Otwell.

Out of concern about the passage of Proposition 47 in November 2014, HDAOR adopted a year-long initiative to work with local Crime Prevention Officers to encourage residents to take steps to reduce their risks of becoming a crime victim.

California Proposition 47, dubbed the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative, reduces the classification of most “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” from a felony to a misdemeanor.

The measure requires misdemeanor sentencing instead of felony for the following crimes:
• Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950
• Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950
• Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $950
• Forgery, where the value of forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950
• Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950
• Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950
• Personal use of most illegal drugs

“These crimes mean that more criminals are roaming our streets, and these are type of crimes that many High Desert residents can fall victim so we just want to help people take greater responsibility for their personal safety and security,” said Otwell.

Neighborhood Watch is an organized group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a neighborhood. Otwell stated that realtors in offices throughout the High Desert are providing information and resources on how start and maintain a Neighborhood Watch group.

“Although our Neighborhood Watch Initiative began as a year-long effort, we have decided that we’ll continue to provide the training the last Wednesday of each month at 3 and 6 p.m. to bring people together to find out how Neighborhood Watch works and how to get involved,” said Becky Otwell, HDAOR President.

The next training session, which is free and lasts an hour, is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, and all sessions are held at the HDAOR office at 11890 Hesperia Road in Hesperia.
To make schedule to attend a training session, contact the High Desert Association of Realtors at (760) 244-8841.


Victor Valley Association of REALTORS® original charter was May 22, 1948. June 1, 2014 the Victor Valley and Barstow Association of REALTORS® merged forming the new High Desert Association of REALTORS®.

Throughout its history, the High Desert Association of REALTORS® has always strived especially hard to support the needs of the High Desert communities it serves. The HDAR sponsors several fundraising events each year, with the money raised from these events contributed to scholarships and several local charity organizations.