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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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Sherry Lynne Axelsen

March 26, 1939 - Nov. 8, 2012

Sherry Lynne Axelsen died on Nov. 8 at the age of 73.

She was born in San Pedro, Calif., on March 26, 1939; she grew up in Torrance, Calif., and later moved to Oregon in 1974. She became a small business owner in the Sellwood area, operating a dental lab. She loved shopping for antiques!

She was a loving, giving person, and leaves behind life-long friends and family. Her remains will be placed with her husband and two daughters. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by: her sisters, Judy Friend and Holly Manley of Milwaukie, and Kathy Feeney of San Pedro, Calif.; brothers, Ronald and Gerald Feeney; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Axelsen, and by her daughters, Jodi and Mindy Axelsen.

Service information for Mrs. Axelsen is not yet available. Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center - Milwaukie.

Timothy Michael Deardorff

Oct. 18, 1973 - Nov. 9, 2012

Timothy Michael Deardorff died on Nov. 9

He was born on Oct. 18, 1973, in Portland, and lived the majority of his life in the Lake Oswego and Oregon City areas. He was a truck-driver and heavy equipment operator. He loved the outdoors — hunting and fishing as well as motorcycle and quad riding. His brightness shone to all of those he encountered; his laugh was infectious, as was his joy of being with friends and family. He touched everyone he met.

Mr. Deardorff is survived by: his father, Michael Deardorff; stepmother, Joan; sister, Angela Deardorff; brother, David Deardorff; niece, Lily Deardorff; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

His mother, Charlotte Deardorff, preceded him in death.

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

Lois Fern Macdonald

Oct. 13, 1922 - Nov. 9, 2012

Lois Fern Macdonald passed away in Milwaukie on Nov. 9; she was 90 years of age.

She was born on Oct. 13, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minn., where she was primarily raised; she moved to Oregon in 1940, and attended business school.

On April 10, 1943, she and James Forbes Macdonald were joined in marriage. Her careers included being a regional manager for a shoe company, and a small business owner in Newport and Bremerton, Wash.

She performed as a big band singer and loved her music, and also loved traveling. She was a past president of the Business Professional Women’s Club.

Mrs. Macdonald was a wonderful mother and friend. She taught her family how to laugh at themselves, and that there was always a reason for things, and everything works out for the best. She told her family many times that “A loving family is life’s greatest blessing.”

She is survived by: her daughters, Marilee Payne and Laurie Runyan; son, Bruce Macdonald; brother, Terry Wiesner; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Macdonald; son, Timothy Macdonald; grandson, Jimmy Payne; and brothers, Dean and Dale Nelson.

A celebration of life for Mrs. Macdonald will be held on Jan. 20, 2013, at a location and time to be determined. Contributions may be made to Portland Adventist Hospice.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center - Milwaukie.

Jason Allen McGillic

Dec. 11, 1952 - Nov. 13, 2012

Jason Allen McGillic passed away peacefully on Nov. 13, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Dec. 11, 1952, in Oregon City, was raised in Diamond, Wash., and moved back to Oregon City, where he graduated from Oregon City High School in 1971.

He worked at Freightliner as a machinist. He was a farm boy at heart, who enjoyed fishing, the outdoors and all sports.

Mr. McGillic is survived by: wife, Terrie; sons, Joshua and Jason McGillic; daughter, Jana McGillic; and brothers, Michael, Scott and Randy McGillic.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James.

A celebration of his life was held on Nov. 17 at Hillside Chapel in Oregon City, followed by a reception at the Buena Vista house. Please visit hillsidechapelfh.com for more information and to leave a memory for the family.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

Roy Donald Pearson

Aug. 17, 1928 - Nov. 11, 2012

Roy Donald Pearson died on Nov. 11.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1928, in Tillamook, and raised in Willamette. He worked for Crown Zellerbach and James River, retiring as a mill supervisor in January of 1986, after 39 years.

He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting. He enjoyed spending time gardening and traveling extensively following retirement. He was a loving husband and father and was loved by his many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 49 years, Cecile; daughter, Lorna Pearson; son, John, and his wife, Diana; son, Brian Pearson; stepdaughter, Connie, and son-in-law, Tom Koppang; stepdaughter, April Rhodes; stepson, Roger Rhodes; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Ronald.

A visitation was held on Nov. 15 and a funeral service on Nov. 16 at Hillside Chapel in Oregon City.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to Wounded Warriors Project.org.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

Elna J. Schlichting

Sept. 20, 1943 - Nov. 13, 2012

Elna J. Schlichting, a resident of Clackamas County, died Nov. 13 at the age of 69.

She met the love of her life, Paul Schlichting, in California. They were married on Halloween one year after he was discharged from the U.S. Navy. They held their reception at the local bowling alley, and wedding pictures were taken in the photo booth. They shared an extraordinary 43 years of marriage together.

They were blessed with three beautiful children, Jeannia, John, and David. Years later, they were proud grandparents of Brandon, Britany, Alexis, Gunnar and Noah. Mrs. Schlichting had very special, and individual, relationships with each of her grandchildren. However, her relationship with Noah was indescribable. Their bond was unique, and they kept each other strong at the hardest of times. She was a tremendous pro-wrestling fan. She introduced the same love to her family, specifically Brandon. You could find them in front of the television together on Monday nights, sharing the same passion for the sport.

Mrs. Schlichting and Britany became best friends over the years, and developed an incredible, unexplainable, love for each other.

Mrs. Schlichting enjoyed baking pies, cookies, and pumpkin cheesecake for her family during the holidays. She collected angels, and would hand out her angel rocks to strangers as a sign of guidance during their hard times. She will be remembered for her love of life, strength, compassion and caring for others.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center-Milwaukie.

Marlene Loraine (Allen) Turner

Nov. 9, 1941 - Nov. 4, 2012

Marlene Loraine (Allen) Turner died on Nov. 4.

She was born in Oregon City to parents Raymond Allen and Doris Willbroad, on Nov. 9, 1941.

She attended Estacada High School, and married Clifford Turner on July 1964. She enjoyed taking care of her children, crocheting, painting and talking on the phone to her family and friends. She was kindhearted and caring of others.

Her last years were spent at Paul’s Adult Foster Care Home, whom the family thanked for all their great effort and care of mom.

Mrs. Turner is survived by: her three children, Gail Luckett, Ricky Turner and Jeanette Binning; grandson, Jake Binning; and her brothers and sister, Willard Allen, Doreen Rumgay and Loren Willbroad.

She was preceded in death by: father, Raymond Allen; mother, Doris Willbroad; and stepfather, William Willbroad.

Services were held at Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud on Nov. 8. Visit waudsfuneralservice.com for more information.