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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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Steven Dean Brogden

May 7, 1953 - Nov. 22, 2012

Steven Dean Brogden passed away on Thursday, Nov. 22; he was 59.

He was born on May 7, 1953, to Everett Dean Brogden and Yeolande Lulu Brogden. He was born and raised in Oregon City, graduated from Oregon City High School in 1971 and received his associate’s degree from Clackamas Community College.

He worked at Blue Cross in the mail room when he met his wife, Jill, in the summer of 1974. They were married on Nov. 15, 1975. Their twin boys, Adam and Andrew, were born in 1978. Soon after that, Mr. Brogden began his career as an HVAC technician and remained in the profession for 36 years.

He was happiest when spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed camping, fishing, vacationing (Kauai was a favorite spot), working in his yard, reading and sports. He loved sports! He knew everything there was to know about anything related to sports, but then again, he did have a subscription to Sports Illustrated magazine for the last 40+ years, and he practically waited by the mailbox for it to arrive on delivery day.

He was also his sons’ No. 1 fan and attended all of their sporting events and games when they were young; he had continued that tradition with his grandchildren’s sports in recent years.

He always enjoyed helping his sons and grandchildren with miscellaneous projects and/or repairs and he always knew how to do everything. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone else in need as well; whether it was a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a co-worker, he was a man they could always call on for help. He was a kind, generous and loyal man, and a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who taught his sons how to be the same. He was loved by so many and will be missed more than words can say.

Though his life ended too soon, the quality of his life far exceeds the quantity of time in which he lived it.

Mr. Brogden is survived by: his wife Jill; sons, Adam and Andrew; six grandchildren; sister, Anita; and numerous relatives in Iowa.

A celebration of life service will be held in his honor, and his family invites anyone who would like to attend. It will be a time to celebrate his life accomplishments, to reminisce and tell stories with all the people whose lives he touched and to remember the legacy he leaves behind.

It will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Oregon City Golf Club, 20124 S. Beavercreek Road, Oregon City.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Dougy Center (dougy.org). To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Marvin Eckert

Dec. 11, 1939 - Dec. 3, 2012

Marvin Eckert passed away in Oregon City from Lewy Body disease on Dec. 3, at the age of 72.

He was born in Oregon City to parents Ted and Lydia Eckert on Dec. 11, 1939. He was raised in Oregon City and attended Oregon City High School. He worked as a shipping and receiving clerk for the J.M. Smucker’s Company until his retirement in 2003. His hobbies included woodworking.

Mr. Eckert is survived by: his brothers, Larry and Jerry Eckert; sister, Donna Caldwell; nephews, Larry Eckert Jr., Andrew, Kenny and Scott Eckert and Mel, Dale and Dennis Caldwell; and nieces, Alecia Rose and Sandra Eckert.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Doreene Eckert, who passed away in January of 2011; his father, Ted Eckert; and his mother, Lydia Eckert.

There will be no services. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor please visit anewtradition.com. Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Donald Norman Krueger

Nov. 30, 1927 - Nov. 8, 2012

Donald Norman Krueger passed away Nov. 8, at the age of 84.

He was born Nov. 30, 1927, in Athens, Wisc., to Otto and Josephine Krueger and was one of nine children.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1948. He served aboard the USS Chickasaw and at retirement held the rank of Storekeeper Third Class and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.

Following his military service, Mr. Krueger was a U.S. postal mail carrier and owned and operated Donn’s Refrigeration. At the Presidio in San Francisco, he was foreman of refrigeration and air-conditioning and was promoted to the San Francisco Bay Area Federal Executive Board in recognition of consistently superior performance. He retired in 1983 and moved to Milwaukie.

Mr. Krueger was a trustee and member at Zion Lutheran Church in Oregon City. He was active in the VFW, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Elks Lodge 1189 and was a member of the National Association of Atomic Veterans.

He was a devoted husband and is survived by: his wife of 46 years, Carolyn Roethe Krueger; daughter, Kathy Scheel; son, Kenneth Scheel; sisters, Doris Habeck and Geraldine Andersen; and brother, Erlyn Krueger.

He was predeceased by his parents, Otto and Josephine Krueger; and siblings, Lucille Aderhold, Orville Krueger, Irene Habeck, Esther Nehrbass and Elvira Jantsch.

A memorial service was held.

Remembrances may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church, 720 Jefferson St., Oregon City, OR 97045 or Legacy Hospice Services, P.O. Box 3426, Portland, OR 97208.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Dustin “Dusty” James McKinnis

Dec. 20, 1976 - Nov. 29, 2012

Dustin “Dusty” James McKinnis passed away in an accident in Estacada, on Nov. 29, at the age of 35.

He was born in Portland, to parents Leonard and Ellen McKinnis on Dec. 20, 1976. He was raised in Estacada and attended Estacada High School.

He worked in the construction industry as a plasterer, which is a form of art in itself.

He was loved by everyone who knew him, and he was always willing to lend a hand and help his friends and family out. He loved motorcycles, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

After dating Debra Himmelspach for five years, the two of them got married and were married three years.

He is survived by: his wife, Debra Himmelspach; son, Dakota McKinnis; daughters, Ashley McKinnis and Chandell Sanger; parents, Leonard and Ellen McKinnis; and brother, Josh McKinnis.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Marcus McKinnis, who passed away in 1978. There will be a memorial motorcycle run and celebration of his life party on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Home Saloon, 31637 S.E. Dodge Park Blvd., Gresham.

There will also be a memorial service on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Centennial Rebekah Lodge No. 147, 267 S.W. Second and Wade St., Estacada (next door to the Estacada Post Office).

Please do not send flowers to the Rebekah Lodge. If you are interested in sending flowers you can either send them directly to the family or you may call the funeral home for more information at 503-653-7076. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in Dusty’s honor please visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Cynthia “Cindy” Rose Mentzer

June 13, 1946 - Dec. 2, 2012

Milwaukie resident Cynthia “Cindy” Rose Mentzer died on Dec. 2, at her home; she was 66.

She was born on June 13, 1946, in Little Falls, Minn., to Edwin Carl Barchenger and Irene Harriet (Peterson) Barchenger. She moved to Southern California as a child and then to Oregon in the 1960s.

In 1969, she married Gerald “Jerry” Mentzer in Polk County. They later divorced. She worked as a bartender until retiring in 2009. She worked at Carman’s, Tortilla Flats and Intermezzo, all in the Milwaukie area. She loved working in her garden and home, particularly crafting.

She is survived by: son, Jeffery “Jeff” Mentzer; sisters, Karen Marie Oleman, and her husband, Roger, Andrea Sue Davis and Faye Janet Barchenger; sister-in-law, Donna Barchenger; grandson, Bythe Cordova; nieces and nephews, Treven, Brett, Stacey and Steven; and daughter-in-law, Emily Mentzer.

Her parents and brother, Curtis Barchenger, preceded her in death.

At her request, no public services are planned, a private cremation was held; a private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels Milwaukie Tribute Center.

Jennifer (Nisely) Shelley

Feb. 20, 1955 - Nov. 19, 2012

Jennifer (Nisely) Shelley of Hillsboro passed away on Nov. 19, in Milwaukie; she was 57 years old.

She was born on Feb. 20, 1955, in Van Nuys, Calif., one of five children born to Milo and Audrey Nisely of Northridge, Calif.

In 1960 she began her school days as a 5-year-old first grader. Her love for learning was matched with her friendly, outgoing personality. She completed her formal education at California State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1976.

She met Kenneth Shelley while he was serving in the U. S. Marine Corps in Hawaii and they got married there in 1977. It was in Castlewood, Va., that she earned her teaching credential and taught school there until the birth of their son, Brandt, in 1981.

The family returned to California, where Mrs. Shelley worked as a successful recruiter for several years, filling executive positions throughout the United States.

In 1987, Krystal Erin Shelley was born, and shortly thereafter the family moved to Tigard.

Mrs. Shelley worked at Intel for 21 years as an executive recruiter. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, crafts of all kinds and had a flair for interior design. She loved animals, especially cats and two dogs, named Riley and Charlene.

She is survived by: her daughter, Krystal Cooper; son-in-law, Matthew Cooper; a very special granddaughter, Audrey Shyla Cooper, who is 14 months old; sisters, Deborah Nisely and Suzanne Dalsass; and her brother, Barry Nisely.

Her husband, Ken, preceded her in death in 2010, as did son, Brandt, in 2011.

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

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.