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Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraSummer's imminent arrival means your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, the system may need to be recharged.

Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, until researchers found it caused ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in vehicles built after 1994. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

Working on an air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of periphery components at the same time.

Why? The easy answer is working on an air conditioning system is about as fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

To avoid draining your refrigerant, removing your compressor, installing a new unit and refilling the system with new cool stuff — only to have you come back in a week and say it's still not cold enough — it makes sense to replace the necessary components.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -

SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

Let’s get started.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170



Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTO MAINTENANCE INSIDER

John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

SNAP FITNESS - Mike Nielsen“We are a friendly, success-oriented fitness center,” says Mike Nielsen, vice president and co-owner of Snap Fitness locations in Oregon City, Milwaukie and Canby. “We’re like the ‘Cheers’ of the gym world, where everybody knows your name.”

Nielsen has been a certified fitness coach for 13 years and has been with Snap for eight years. He says being a fitness coach is all about helping individuals achieve the best version of themselves.

“It’s not just something that’s done at the gym, but it’s a lifestyle change,” he said of Snap. “We focus on not only the physical but also the mental and emotional aspects of everyday life, to make sure we are able to achieve long-term success.”

He says Snap gyms have a family feel and a personal touch.

The gyms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with monitored access for safety. Snap has more than 1,500 locations nationwide.

The fitness centers offer cardio, personal training, weight-loss programs, a health center, strength training and Olympic lifting. An online web page for members offers nutrition counseling and an online training center.

“Our members are our greatest assets,” Nielsen added. “We do all we can to make sure they have not only the best facility and equipment, but a wonderful experience.”

Snap Fitness


Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.


Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170


Canby: 1109 SW 1st Ave.


Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraAfter nearly 100 years of providing excellent full-service automotive repair and maintenance, Bernard’s Garage is a classic Milwaukie institution trusted by generations of customers.

Founded in 1925, old timers and area residents still remember Joe Bernard Sr., who would design and build custom car parts when his customers’ vehicles needed it. Joe Bernard Jr., a former Milwaukie mayor, helped modernize Bernard’s and continued his father’s tradition of excellent customer service.

The current owner, Jim Bernard, another Milwaukie mayor and current Clackamas County commissioner, has computerized Bernard’s—turning his father’s mechanics into today’s technicians.

Besides providing free pickup and delivery, Bernard’s offers DEQ repair and adjustments, check-engine light diagnosis, manufacturer-scheduled maintenance, brakes, steering and suspension repair, timing belt tune-ups, radiator and water pump work, as well as engine, transmission and air conditioning service.

“We are straight shooters and will let you know what the problem is and what the cost is upfront,” Operations Manager John Sciarra says.

Sciarra, an 18 year veteran of Bernard’s, has attained numerous specialty vehicle class certifications. With 26 years in the industry overall, Sciarra is our INSIDER for automotive excellence.

Bernard’s Garage is a 17-year-long supporter of the Milwaukie Farmers Market, a Milwaukie First Friday participant and frequently donates to the Annie Ross House, Milwaukie Senior Center and other local schools and events.

A member of the Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce since 1955, Bernard’s has been named Business of the Year twice since 2000, and has received the BRAG award from the county for practicing responsible recycling and waste management.

Bernard's Garage 

2036 SE Washington St, Milwaukie, OR.

(503) 659-7722


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William Roland “Ron” Bates

May 22, 1928 - Oct. 15, 2012

William Roland “Ron” Bates passed away in Milwaukie on Oct. 15, from causes related to age at 84.

He was born in Red Bluff, Calif., to parents Harry and Clara Bates on May 22, 1928. He was raised in Cottonwood, Calif., and graduated from Anderson High School in Anderson, Calif., in 1948.

In April 1949 he married Elma Jamerson and together they had three children: Judy, Bill and Susan. In 1961 the family moved to the Portland/Milwaukie area, where he and his wife had remained since.

During his working life, Mr. Bates worked as a truck driver, a farmer and a rancher who loved animals, especially horses, cows and dogs.

He is survived by: his wife, Elma Bates; daughter, Judy Rideout; son, Bill Bates; daughter, Susan Bates; sisters, Shirley Spoon and Deniel Bisnett; his grandchildren, Brandon Bates, Joe Bates, Kimberly Rideout and Ashley Rideout; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harry Bates, and his sister, Beryl Haakinson.

A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church in Portland on Oct. 20. To light a candle in his honor and to sign the online guest book visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Carolyn Louise Grace

Sept. 28, 1950 - Oct. 13, 2012

Carolyn Louise Grace passed away suddenly at the age of 62 on Oct. 13.

Born in Portland on Sept. 28, 1950, she grew up in Oregon City and graduated from Oregon City High School.  She then graduated from Clackamas Community College and attended Lewis & Clark College, majoring in English. 

She was married to Gary Grace for 43 years, and together they raised four children in the Milwaukie area. The couple moved to Rockaway Beach in 2007. They had recently built a home there and were looking forward to their retirement.

Mrs. Grace is survived by: her husband, Gary; sons, Geoff and Rian; daughters, Trisha Tiemann and Crystal Grace; sister, Michelle Fematt; brother, Michael Oades; grandchildren, Colby, Taylor, Isabelle and Connor; and daughters-in-law, Amie and Debra. 

She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry, and her parents, Lester and Carolyn Oades.

Carolyn is loved by so many and will be sorely missed. The world was a better place with her in it.

 A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Milwaukie Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Rockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel in Oregon City.

Danina Mary Hill

Oct. 20, 1930 - Oct. 10, 2012

Danina (Puleo) Hill passed away on Oct. 10; she was born on Oct. 20, 1930.

In life she was surrounded by the love of family and friends, her warm smile and loving presence will be deeply missed.  May she rest in peace with wonderful memories of her loving family and friends.

She is survived by: her three daughters, Doni Howard, Leslie McLaughlin and Nancy McGill; her three sons, Charlie, Greg and Richard Hill; 14 grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren

She was preceded in death by daughter, Linda Jacobs. 

Her family will celebrate her life in a private gathering. 

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels.  Please visit stehnfuneralhomes.com to leave condolences for the family.

Rev. William J. Jackson

Jan. 26, 1922 - Oct. 11, 2012 

Rev. William J. Jackson died on Oct. 11, in Damascus.

He was born in Davison Township, Mich., on Jan. 26, 1922. 

A loving husband of 58 years, he is survived by his wife and family. He was a minister, chaplain, counselor and teacher. His last 20 years were focused on missionary work in Haiti. 

A memorial service will be held at Milwaukie Covenant Church at 1 p.m. on Nov. 3.  Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels. For more information or to leave a remembrance for the family, visit stehnfuneralhomes.com.


Carol Mary (Warren) Johns

Jan. 15, 1936 - Oct. 5, 2012

Carol Mary (Warren) Johns died on Oct. 5. 

She was born on Jan. 15, 1936, in San Francisco, to William and Dorothy Warren, the middle of three sisters. The oldest is the late Diane Hickman, and the youngest is Susan Stebbins.  As a child, she lived in Columbia Falls, Mont., and Portland. She attended Portsmouth grade school and Roosevelt High School. As a young girl, she was nicknamed “Carol Mary Wildcat.” Most people who knew her as an adult would not be able to imagine her as wildcat. 

It is difficult to create a summary in words of the intricacies that is an entire lifetime. Yet, we are compelled to try. We want to share all the beauty, love and grace of our amazing beloved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. Our mother was loved dearly, and is profoundly missed. 

In 1951, she married Richard Kluser and moved to various cities across the country in their life as a Marine Corps family. Together they had five children: Lorna Danine, Joan Elaine, Deborah Anne, Carol Lynn and Richard William Jr. When her marriage to Richard ended, she moved to Oregon with her children 

She married Robert (Bob) Johns in 1970, and they welcomed a son, Ronald Warren Johns. They lived for many years in Southeast Portland. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, sang in the choir, was a member of a trio and taught Sunday school. 

While her husband helped coach Little League teams for Richard and Ron, Mrs. Johns helped the team, working in the snack wagon and cheering them on. She volunteered at Woodstock Grade School, which led to a paid position as a teaching assistant. She worked for Portland Public Schools for over 20 years as an assistant for a special education teacher, at Woodstock and Bridlemile grade schools. She believed in the importance of education no matter the challenges. She also served as den mother to her sons’ Cub Scout troops.

Mrs. Johns took great pride in all of her children.  She understood their uniqueness and respected their differences. One of her greatest sources of pride and joy were the arrival of her grandchildren: Joshua, Joseph, Damian, Benjamin, Andrea, Zachary, Sarah, Andrew, Matthew, David, Katie, Madeline, Jordan, Aaron, Caden, Sylvie and Liam.  She loved sharing their milestones, birthdays, graduations, recitals, plays and weddings. 

She welcomed and loved her great-grandchildren: Talon, Bryar, Tyler, Jonathan, Nathaniel, Lydia, Karli, Lexie, Olivia, Ethan, Ruben, Manny, Isabella and Kemper. Most recently she welcomed her first great-great-granddaughter, Maya.

In 1989, Mr. and Mrs. Johns moved to Oregon City, having acquired some acreage where they planned to live in their retirement years. They joined the Carus United Methodist church in Oregon City where they both became very involved with the community. From 1991 to 2008, Mrs. Johns served the annual conference as a certified lay speaker. From 1993 to 2004, she served as Carus UMC lay leader. In 2002-2004, she served as Western District lay leader. In 2004, she was dean of the UMW School of Christian Missions. She served as Carus UMC United Methodist Women president and Western District United Methodist Women president. During this time, she took piano and organ lessons. She loved to sing and was always involved in the music ministry. She also taught Sunday school. She had great fun helping to organize the Carus annual mother/daughter tea and took great pride in introducing her daughters, granddaughters and friends’ daughters at those events.

She loved it when the family gathered at her home for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  Friends were always welcome and treated like family.  Welcoming was often used to describe our beautiful mother, she always said, “The more the merrier.” 

She enjoyed group games like Charades, Encore, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit and Scattergories. She also loved Scrabble, jigsaw puzzles and crosswords.  She was an avid, thoughtful reader.  Some of her favorites books include “Lorna Doone,” “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” the Harry Potter Series, Agatha Christie and Isaac Asimov, to name but a few. She enjoyed knitting and made afghans for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, allowing each of them to choose their favorite colors.

Mrs. Johns absolutely adored her sisters and brother and their spouses. Together they all had a great sense of fun.  She cherished their children, her many nieces and nephews. She treasured her cousins and friends. She had 38 very happy years with her dear husband, who preceded her in death in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her older half-brother, Rev. Lindsay Warren. 

She was brilliant, kind, loving, caring, welcoming, patient, gracious and beautiful. She blessed this earth with her love, curiosity and humor. She had a lovely smile. We love her dearly and she loved us so well.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to United Methodist Women or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud. Visit waudsfuneralservice.com for more information.

Billie Louise Kampen

Sept. 3, 1929 - Oct. 8, 2012 

Billie Louise Kampen passed away peacefully with her son by her side on Oct. 8, at Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City; she was 83.

She was born in Nashoba, Okla., on Sept 3, 1929, to Lester and Oma Gillreath.

She was raised in Oklahoma and graduated from Antlers High School.

She married Henry Dorton, who preceded her in death in 1972. They had one son, Leon Dorton, born in 1948. She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in education from San Francisco State College and enjoyed 32 years as an elementary school teacher in California schools.

In 1973, she married Albert Kampen, who preceded her in death in 2004. After his death, she moved up to Oregon City to live with her son and his wife.

Mrs. Kampen was a member of Rolling Hills Community Church. She loved to spend time reading and studying her Bible and always loved to travel. She spent the last week before she died at the Washington coast.

She leaves behind: her son, Leon Dorton (Judy); son, Frank Kampen (Jeanne); daughter, Geri Kampen; granddaughter, Jeanette Johnson; sisters, Madge Lisle, Shirley Conner, Lesta Huffer, Mary Hegel and Paula Baird.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

 In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Kampen’s name may be made to Portland’s Pregnancy Resource Center @ portlandprc.org.

Interment will be at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, Calif.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Walter DeWayne Spurgeon 

Jan. 14, 1957 - Oct. 14, 2012

Walter DeWayne Spurgeon, beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, died on Oct.14, at the age of 55. He had lived life to the fullest with pulmonary

fibrosis for six years.

Walt was born in Medford to Virginia and Walter Spurgeon.

He is survived by the love of his life, Lori Spurgeon; five daughters, Denise Spurgeon, Reiko Rogers, Alyssia Spurgeon, Sherri Meyers and Natasha Rodriguez; son, Jacob Spurgeon; 16 beautiful grandchildren who were the light of his life; one brother, Bud Ward; and two sisters, Sharyn Young and Sammi Henricksen, of Oregon City.

A public celebration and internment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on Friday, Oct. 26, at 12:30 p.m. A private family reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in his name would be greatly appreciated.

Curtis Robert Sumpter

Dec. 8, 1938 - Oct. 12, 2012

Curtis Robert Sumpter passed away on Oct. 12.

He was born on Dec. 8, 1938, in Portland, and was the son of Robert Sterling Sumpter and Martha Sumpter. He graduated from Cleveland High School in 1957, where he enjoyed playing saxophone with his high school band.  From 1957 to 1959, he joined the U.S. Navy as a store keeper on the U.S.S. Yorktown. He was recalled to active duty in 1961 on the U.S.S. McGinty for service in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in August of 1962. 

In 1970, he married Carol Sumpter (Duncan), whom he met at U.S. Bank. He worked for Freightliner, and later worked as a salesman where he traveled across the United States. 

Mr. Sumpter enjoyed fishing in Eastern Oregon, playing his saxophone and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. He was someone who always made people laugh with his sense of humor; he will be greatly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. 

He is survived by: his spouse of 42 years, Carol Duncan Sumpter; children, Jeffrey and David Sumpter; his children from his previous marriage, Sally Fast and Brian and Robert Sumpter; his only remaining sister, Martha Maxwell (Sumpter); and grandchildren, Connor, Jacob, Gabi and Ryli Sumpter.  

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Stehn Family Chapels in Milwaukie.  For more information or to leave a remembrance for the family, please visit stehnfuneralhomes.com