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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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Patrick Jones

Aug. 9, 1949-Dec. 14, 2012

Patrick Jones died at 63 on Dec. 14, after living in Milwaukie from the age of 12, and attending Dale Ickes Elementary and Milwaukie High School.

He was born on Aug. 9, 1949, in Newport, R.I., to Catherine Mary and J.W. Jones. He joined the U. S. Army at the age of 17 and served for six years, with two tours in Vietnam, and tours in Thailand and Germany.

He left the Army as an E5 in 1973 and started working as a hod carrier, building fireplaces, and later worked on commercial and industrial masonry with companies like Bromley Masonry, Stebbins Engineering and CH Murphy.

He worked for Recor Services as a leadman and foreman and a bricklayer in refractory work for many years, rebuilding the boilers in paper mills all over the Western states, Canada, Wisconsin and Arizona.

He later started a new job as a foreman, installing artificial turf fields at schools and parks in Oregon, California and Washington.

After he retired, he did what he loved best of all, which was spend time with his family and going fishing. He liked fishing for salmon and steelhead and shared whatever he caught with his friends and family. He enjoyed the outdoors and camping, and liked to gamble.

Most of his neighbors in Milwaukie knew him as the “woodman,” as he was always bringing in huge logs and rounds of wood to split into firewood. This was a favorite hobby.

He drove trucks most of his life both at work and at home, and took great pride in restoring several of them. He drove his ‘66 Ford one-ton truck for many years, and it pulled his boat to the Willamette River, where he spent many hours on the water fishing for those elusive salmon.

He is survived by: his beloved wife of 38 years, Denise; son, Stacy; daughter, Alisha; grandchildren, Bishop, Autumn and Mckela; father, J.W. Jones; and siblings, Paul, Shirley, Carol and Jay.

A veteran’s memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, at 12:30 p.m. at the Willamette National Cemetery, with a public celebration of life to follow at the Milwaukie Masonic Lodge on Main Street from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit anewtradition.com to sign the online guest book.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.

J. “FlorenceWhitney

April 22, 1936- Dec.13, 2012

J. “Florence” Whitney died on Dec. 13.

She was born in Lebanon, Ore., on April 22, 1936, to Earl and Hazel Turpen. She graduated from Jefferson High in Portland in 1954 and married James Carelock. They divorced, and in 1957 and she married the love of her life, Stan Whitney. They had their only child, Juel, in 1960 and lived in the Portland/Milwaukie area. 

Over the years she and Stan had several foster children and were involved with the Kiwanis Club. She was a Girl Scout leader for several years and a vice president of the Columbia River Girl Scout Council, and remained connected through the years.

Following her years there she volunteered with Loaves and Fishes and eventually became a manager at the Wilsonville and Estacada centers.

Upon retiring, they moved to Yachats, where Mrs. Whitney joined the Yachats Ladies Club in February 1997.  She became a very active member and was the resident cook at all the dinner fundraisers.  Her ability to organize and put on a big dinner was a lifesaver to the financially stricken club. 

She was elected club president in 2000, and served in this position for two years.  On July 4, 1999, she organized the first Pie and Ice Cream Social.  They continue today and have become one of the club’s best and most attended fundraisers. 

Mrs. Whitney was voted lifetime member status a few years ago when her hard work and support of the club were acknowledge by the members. She also volunteered on a regular basis with the Library and Visitors Association. She had her own photography business, specializing in cards, calendars and custom orders.

Mrs. Whitney is survived by: her daughter, Juel Mathews; grandsons, Jared Mathews (Jacklyn) and Clinton Mathews (Lisa); great-granddaughters, Marjorie, Ashlyn and Shelby; as well as many “adopted” family members and friends. She will be greatly missed.

Her husband, Stan, preceded her in death in 2008. 

The family suggests remembrances to be made in her name to the Yachats Ladies Club or Loaves and Fishes. Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels, Milwaukie.

Dale Edwin Wales

Oct. 6, 1917 - Dec. 13, 2012

 Dale Edwin Wales passed away on Dec. 13, in Portland, at the age of 95. 

Born on Oct. 6, 1917, in Norfolk, Neb., he was raised primarily in Goshen County, Wyo.  He graduated from Torrington High School in 1936, and later served his country as a soldier in the U.S. Army’s 351st Engineers, deployed in Europe during World War II.  He and Evelyn Marie Gruber were married in 1949 in Chicago. 

In 1983 he married his second wife, Leona Kathleen Bunnell, in Brinnon, Wash.  He moved to Oregon in 2009. 

Mr. Wales enjoyed woodworking, gardening and hunting.  A carpenter by trade, he was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Quilcene Bible Church, Forks Bible Church and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. 

He is survived by: his sons, Edgar L. (Cindy) Wales and Raleigh S. Wales; daughter, Carol J. (Roger) Jackson; stepdaughter, Judi (Larry) McClanahan; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Gruber Wales, and by his second wife, Leona Bunnell Wales.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Roy E. Wales; daughter, Luann B. Scott; and stepson, John Adams. 

A memorial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 26, at Gilman Park Assisted Living Facility, 2205 Gilman Drive, Oregon City.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.