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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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Dennis Dean Anderson

Nov. 14, 1950 - Dec. 20, 2012

Dennis Dean Anderson died on Dec. 20, at his home in Milwaukie, of natural causes; he was 62.

“Dean,” as he was known by his friends and family, was born on Nov. 14, 1950, in Devils Lake, N. D., to Anna Josephine and Louis Almer Anderson.

He is survived by: his siblings, Dan, Benny, John, JoEllen, Janice and Susie; his children, Toby (Mary), Joel (Brandi), Hillary (David) and Sarah (Kurt); and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Bonnie Combs and Karen Bryant.

Interment will be at Willamette Memorial Park, in Albany.

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels, Milwaukie.

Bernard Allen Ekerson

Oct. 18, 1922 - Dec. 22, 2012

Bernard Allen Ekerson passed away at home surrounded by the love and support of his cherished family on Dec. 22 at age 90.

He was born to Godfrey and Frances Ekerson in West Linn, on Oct. 18, 1922.

He graduated from West Linn High School in 1940, and worked for Columbia Aircraft shortly after high school.  He joined the U. S. Army in 1944, and served in Germany during World War II as a combat engineer until 1946.           

When the war ended, he worked for Albert Bernert Towing on tugboats, hauling log rafts through the locks at Oregon City on the Willamette River. In 1961, he began a career at Tektronix and worked there 25 years until he retired in 1986. Loves of his life were woodworking, fishing, camping and family gatherings.

He married Helen Lorraine Latham on Aug. 2, 1952, and in 1954 he built the house where they raised their family.  

Mr. Ekerson is survived by: his loving wife, Lorraine.  This summer they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with the family. 

He is also survived by: three daughters, Karen Dubord (Lyle), Jean Avison (Bill) and Julie Doolittle (Mark); five sons, David (Julie), Jim (Jill), Jeff (Laura), Tom (Dawn) and Michael; brother, Jon Michael Ekerson; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass of Christian burial was held on Dec. 29, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Oregon City. Recitation of the Rosary took place there, prior to the Mass. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Vincent DePaul, Elks Lodge in Oregon City or Signature Hospice, 25117 S.W. Parkway Ave. No. F, Wilsonville  97070. For more information, visit waudsfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Daren F. Emery

June 14 1957 - Dec. 25, 2012

Daren F. Emery died on Dec. 25 at age 55.

Mr. Emery was raised in New Jersey. He was a pediatrician who graduated from Iowa College of Osteopathc Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines in 1983. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky, Louisville, in 1987, then moved to Oregon that year. He attended Rolling Hills Community Church.

He enjoyed a very special Christmas at home with his loving family when he suffered a heart attack. He had just come back from his last run that he shared with his precious daughter, Julia. He was our rock and our hearts are broken in a million pieces.

He was a loyal, loving, and committed husband who loved the Lord, his wife and children. He had a great sense of humor, and everybody who met him, loved him. His favorite things to do were being with and traveling with his family, running and very fast red cars.

He is survived by his wife, Cheri Vonne Emery; his children, Julia (15) and Noelle Emery (12); three adult children of Sherwood: Jordan, Meredith and Peter Emery; and his brother and sister-in-law, Daryl and Joy Emery.

A memorial service will be held at Rolling Hills Community Church on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Tualatin.

Susanne F. Forman

Feb. 26, 1950 - Dec. 21, 2012

Susanne F. Forman died on Dec. 21.

She was born on Feb. 26, 1950, in Salem, to Robert and Mildred King. She attended Salem schools, graduating from South Salem High. She loved spending time at the ocean, walks on the beach, trips to Spirit Mountain, playing cards and board games. She loved all animals and had many of her own.  But most important, she loved spending time with her family and friends.  She would go out of her way to help anyone in need; she was a cancer survivor and had a real zest for life.

She and her husband, Jim, were married on Oct. 24, 1970.

Mrs. Forman is survived by: her husband, Jim; three children, Lynda Hunter, Tim Forman and David Forman; nine grandchildren; mother, Mildred King; and sister, Kathi, and her husband, Ron Lehmann.  

She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers.

Services were held on Dec. 26 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, in Salem. Interment followed at Belcrest Memorial Park.

Lois Anne Haatia

Aug. 7, 1930 - Dec. 21, 2012

Lois Anne Haatia passed away in West Linn on Dec. 21, at the age of 82. 

Born on Aug. 7, 1930, in Moorhead, Minn., she attended Moorhead Primary School before moving to Oregon in 1942.  She graduated from Astoria High School in 1948, and attended business school in Portland.  She and Lloyd W. Haatia were joined in marriage on Feb. 9, 1952, at Central Lutheran Church in Portland. 

Mrs. Haatia worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for MacFab Lumber Products, and later finished up her working career as the manager of student body funds for Oregon City High School; she retired in 1992. 

She was an accomplished painter, utilizing oils and watercolors.  She enjoyed bridge club, “RV-ing,” deep-sea fishing, dancing, travelling and cruise ships.  She was a member of West Linn Lutheran Church (serving as secretary and bookkeeper, as well as Sunday School teacher) and was active in the West Linn Adult Community Center, as a den mother for the Boy Scouts of America, and with Camp Fire Girls. 

Mrs. Haatia is survived by: her husband, Lloyd W. Haatia; her twin brother, Harold (Dottie) Stensrud; children, Larry W. (Rhonda) Haatia, Lonny W. (Theresa) Haatia, Stephen R. Haatia and Lynn M. (David Grant) Haatia; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lillie Stensrud. 

A memorial will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at the West Linn Lutheran Church, 20390 Willamette Drive.  Officiating will be Reverend Donna Herzfeld-Kamprath.  Contributions may be made to West Linn Lutheran Church General Fund.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.

Teola Arbutus (Marlett) Parsell

Feb. 13, 1933 - Dec. 19, 2012

Oregon City resident Teola Arbutus (Marlett) Parsell died on Dec. 19, after 23 years of battling melanoma; she was 79.

She was born in Fort Scott, Kan., on Feb. 13, 1933, to Lige and Iva Marlett (Hillman). She attended school in Fort Scott and then moved to Longview, Wash., to live with her brother-in-law and sister, Charles and Martisha Mabery. She graduated in Longview and then moved to The Dalles, where she met Howard Parsell. They were married Dec. 23, 1955, in The Dalles; he preceded her in death in 1990.

Mrs. Parsell loved to quilt, bake, play cards with friends, play Bingo and spoil her dog, Callie. In the early years, she worked as a nurse’s aid and later drove a bus for the Oregon City School District, retiring in 1991. She was very involved with scouting when her sons were young and was advisor to the IOOF Theta Rho. She was a member of the Canby American Legion Women’s Auxilary and very active with the IOOF Rebekahs, in which she held many offices.

Mrs. Parsell is survived by: two sons and their wives, Michael and Leony Parsell and Roger and Jo Ann Parsell; her beloved grandchildren, Joshua, Levi, Matthew, Benjamin and Hannah; and sister, Martisha Mabery.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Miles Marlett, and stepbrother, Oliver Marlett.

Services were held Dec. 27, at Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud Funeral Home in Oregon City; interment was at Willamette National Cemetery.

Colleen Greulich Schacht

 Aug. 2, 1948 - Dec. 22, 2012

Colleen Greulich Schacht died on Dec. 22.

She was born in Oregon City, on Aug. 2, 1948, to Catherine Douthett and Richard Alan Greulich.  She lived in the Portland area most of her life, but loved traveling to foreign lands. 

After three years of college she embarked on working a series of long-term jobs as office manager or administrative assistant, at Metropolitan Family Service, National Tank and Pipe, Marvin Company and Moffatt, Nichol & Bonney, Inc.

She is survived by: her husband of 43 years, David; son, Alan (Serena); three grandchildren, Matthew, John and Hannah; sister, Diane Gruelich; and brother, Joe Greulich. 

A memorial service in her honor will be held at Gladstone Christian Church on Jan. 5, at 2 p.m.  Remembrances may be made to The Ledding Library of Milwaukie, 10660 S.E. 21st Ave., Milwaukie, OR 97222, or any cat shelter.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.

Richard “Dick” Soll

June 22, 1937 - Dec. 21, 2012

Richard “Dick” Soll died on Dec. 21.

Born June 22, 1937, in Helena, Mont., he was the only child of Henry and Bessie Soll. He grew up in Montana and served in the Montana National Guard.

He married Nellie “Tiny” Balkema in 1957, and together they moved to Oregon in 1968. He was the owner of Big O tires in Oregon City from 1976 until he retired in 2000.

He was a man who loved to help others and was a Secret Santa to many families in need during the holidays. He enjoyed golf and spending time with his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

Mr. Soll is survived by: his loving wife of 55 years, Tiny; sons, Jay Soll and Rick (Michelle) Soll; daughter, Janelle (John) Stursa; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Dec. 28, in Oregon City.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

Frederich Robert Wunderlich Sr.

Sept. 29, 1925 - Dec. 16, 2012

Frederich Robert Wunderlich Sr. died on Dec. 16; he had been a resident of the Redland area for 45 years.

He was born on Sept. 29, 1925, to John and Mary (Fessler) Wunderlich; he was the youngest of 13 brothers and sisters, and the last surviving one.Self employed, he owned Fred’s Smoke Shop for 31 years; retiring in 1987.

He served in the U. S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific, was wounded in the Battle for Luzon and was a Purple Heart recipient. Mr. Wunderlich belonged to VFW Estacada chapter, and was Grand Marshall in Estacada’s Veterans Day parade last November.

He is survived by: son, Fred R. Wunderlich Jr., and his wife, AnnMarie; two granddaughters, Lisa and Melissa; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.His wife, Leona, preceded him in death in 2006.

A graveside service was held on Dec. 27, at the Mountain View Cemetery.  

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Verle M. Zacur

June 18, 1916 - Dec. 20, 2012

Verle M. Zacur, known to many as Zac, died on Dec. 20, reunited with the love of her life, Charles P. Zacur.

She was born on June 18, 1916, in the Willamette area of West Linn, the only child of Hilda (Kaiser) and Conrad Zimmerman.

She graduated from West Linn High School, and then continued her education at Linfield College, where she met Charles.

Married in August of 1941, the two began their careers in education. Verle was a PE/English major, and taught in Dundee and Newport, then moved to West Linn in 1955, where she also taught and where she resided until her passing.

She loved life and enjoyed fishing, bowling, gardening and viewing the wildlife in her backyard. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with her daughters and their husbands.

Mrs. Zacur is survived by: her two daughters, Donna Mackie, and husband, James, and Robbi Porter-Carey, and husband, Mike; granddaughter, Kristina Mackie Duggan, and her husband, Derek; grandson, David Mackie, and his wife Ali; great-grandchildren, Dax and Kannan Duggan and Emery Mackie; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and special neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Charles.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Bolton Primary School on Holmes Street in West Linn from 1 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to make a donation in her memory to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.