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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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Kathryn Helen Bernert

Oct. 1, 1933- Nov.15, 2012

Kathryn Helen Bernert died peacefully on Nov. 15 at her home in her sleep, surrounded by her family.

She was born on Oct. 1, 1933, in Little Falls, Minn., moved to Oregon as a small child, and spent the rest of her life in Oregon City.    She gave her all to her family, while also being involved with the family business.  Her family will miss her companionship, guidance and especially her love.  

She had a passion for music which she shared through her singing and piano playing.  She gave us the joy of swimming in ice-cold water, hiking, camping and reading.  In her later years she enjoyed traveling the United States with her husband of over 60 years. 

A celebration of her life took place on Nov. 21, at St. Philip Benizi in Oregon City. Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Visit waudsfuneralservice.com for more information.

Margie Doria

July 16, 1929 - Nov. 19, 2012

Margie Doria died on Nov. 19 at age 83 from natural causes, at her home in Gladstone, where she had resided for the last 12 years.

She was born to parents George and Irene Saxton in Hillsboro, on July 16, 1929. She was raised in rural Washington County and attended Banks High School. She worked in the health care industry, performing household services at Willamette Falls Hospital and Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital, and supplying home health care in private homes.

She was a member of the Elks Club and the Eagles Club and loved garage sales, thrift stores and gardening.

She is survived by: daughters, Patricia Lewis and Marie Lathrop; son, Robert Berger; long-time companion, Wallace Kent; sisters Lourine Kizer and Doral Bray; brother, Howard Saxton; grandchildren, Jason Lewis, Kari Lewis, Andria Adam and Julia Berger; great-grandchildren, Ethan Payne and Evan Payne; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Fraser.

The family would like to especially thank Wallace Kent for the companionship and caring he provided for Margie.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Eagles Club. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in her honor visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Jessica Vera McCallum

May 14, 1915 - Oct. 22, 2012

Jessica Vera McCallum died in Oregon City on Oct. 22 at age 97, of natural causes.

She was born to parents James and Vera Cowley in Spokane, Wash., on May 14, 1915. She was raised throughout Montana and owned JV Ceramics and Dolls in Butte, Mont., until retiring in 2004.

She was not only a business owner but also a homemaker, taking care of the needs of her husband, John, and their children, Dean, Greg, Joy, Michael, Phyllis and C.J.

Mrs. McCallum was a member of the Red Hat Society “Sassy Sisters” chapter in Oregon City. She enjoyed teaching ceramics and owning her own shop and then, in later years, she liked knitting, crocheting, sewing, bingo and reading.

Mrs. McCallum is survived by: her son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Neva Hunt; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Linda McCallum; daughter, Joy Hunt; son, Michael McCallum; sister-in-law, Beth Hokanson; niece, Barbara Flori; extended family and daughter, Debbie Butcher; grandchildren, Rob Hunt, Kevin McCallum, Maggie McCallum, Cathy Rotering, Courtney Towne, Stephanie Pushkaric and Scott Pushkaric; great-grandchildren, Connor Hunt, Kendrick McCallum, Sydney Pushkaric and Sarah Pushkaric; and beloved pets, Sammy and Sasha.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, John Fletcher McCallum, who passed away on Dec. 6, 1995; her mother, Vera Carroll; father, James Cowley; daughter, Phyllis Weis; and son, C. J. Carlson.

To light a candle in her honor and to sign the online guest book visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Doris Joan Phillips

Aug. 23, 1931- Nov. 11, 2012

Doris Joan Phillips died on Nov. 11 at her home in Milwaukie from lung cancer at the age of 81.

She was born in Oregon City to George and Minnie Jewell on Aug. 23, 1931, and graduated from Oregon City High School in 1948.

She married Lawrence Frank Phillips on Nov. 11, 1951, at Zion Lutheran Church and had four children: Dennis, Garry, Jane and Julie.

She was a homemaker who loved gardening and being around her family.

She is survived by her sons Dennis Phillips and Garry Phillips; daughter Jane Newman and husband, Jon Newman; daughter Julie Hart and husband, Jim Hart; brother Warren Jewell; grandchildren Sarah Hart, Kyle Hart, Alicia Hart, Hannah Hart, Maggie Hart, Jonathan Newman and Jenna Wade; and great-grandchildren Trent and Jonny.

She is preceded in death by her husband and her parents. There will be a memorial service at Zion Lutheran Church, 720 Jefferson St., Oregon City, Monday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

To light a candle in her honor and sign the online guest book visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

William D. Patrick

Jan. 25, 1913 - Nov. 16, 2012

Bill Patrick died on Nov. 16, after complications from a stroke he suffered about one week earlier.  He was 99 years old and only two months short of his 100th birthday.

Mr. Patrick was born at home in Portland, on Hillside drive just minutes after his identical twin brother Bob. They were born to Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Patrick. 

Bill and his brother attended Lincoln High School where they excelled at wrestling, track and football and were known as “the Patrick twins.”  They played left and right halfbacks for Lincoln High.

Bob and Bill carried their athletic talents to Oregon State where they played for the Beavers. Then when Bill transferred to the University of Oregon they were scheduled to play each other in the big rivalry game of 1935, but the day before the game Bob stepped off the scales while he was weighing in, and cut his foot badly.

In 1990 they were elected into the Oregon State Sports Hall of Fame as they were members of the 1933 “Iron Man” football squad.  They were members of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity throughout their lives and Bill continued attending Phi Delta reunions until he was the last of his classmate group.

Mr. Patrick was active in ROTC and received his commission when he graduated in 1936. He moved to the Hawaiian Islands in the late 1930s and there he married Jeanne H. Mayo (of Lake Oswego) at the home of tobacco heiress Doris Duke in Waikiki beach. 

In 1942 they had a son, Stewart Cameron, who was born in Portland.  Then in 1945 Marcia Jean was born in Fort Benning, Ga., while Mr. Patrick was stationed there.  Later, back living in Lake Oswego, a third child, Shelley Mayo was born in 1949.

Mr. Patrick had gone on active duty in 1941 and was assigned to the infantry, serving in the Aleutian Islands in 1942-1943. He was a veteran of the heroic effort that defeated and expelled invading Imperial Japanese forces from Alaska on Attu and Kiska Islands under extremely adverse weather.

After World War II, Mr. Patrick remained active in the Army Reserve and for his honorable and enthusiastic service during the period of June 1959 to February 1964 he received a Certificate of Achievement, as Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, 413th Regiment (BCT), 104th Division, Portland. 

He had risen to the rank of Lt. Col. and through untiring, professional competence, understanding of the U.S. Army Reserve program and extreme dedication to duty, Lt. Col. Patrick molded his battalion into a well-trained efficient unit.  The U.S. Army felt that Lt. Col. Patrick’s performance of duty during this assignment brought inestimable credit to himself, his unit and to the U.S. Army.

Mr. Patrick went to work for Crown Zellerbach in Portland in 1947, and as an early supplier for a company called Package Container Inc., he joined the PCI team in 1950. He worked for PCI for about 50 years, and rose to vice president of sales, and chairman of the board. In 1996 he reluctantly retired, and even in the months before he died, he continued, mentally and emotionally, to “sell bags” for PCI. 

Bill and his brother Bob ended up living side by side on their Scottish mother’s lakeside property on Ridgeway Road for many years, and Bill continued to live there until his recent death. In 1971 Bill married Lareen M. Cornoyer, and in the later part of their 41-year marriage she became his primary caregiver until her recent death in March.

Mr. Patrick loved his home and lakeside property and was a skilled carpenter and talented landscaper.  He designed and built the stairway from his house perched on the cliff, down to the lake.  He also built the dock and was always busy with the large garden. All who knew and loved him will miss his kind spirit and quiet way.  He was generous of heart, very comical and had unbounded energy.  He loved physical work, and the day before he entered the hospital he was rolling around the driveway in his transport chair supervising his daughter and son-in-law stacking firewood. 

Survivors are: daughter, Marcia P. Brown, and her husband, Bill; daughter, Shelley Simpson, and her husband, Blaine; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren, with one more great-grandchild due in April.  He shall be dearly missed.

To light a candle in his honor and to sign the online guest book visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.