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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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Kenneth Joseph Allen

April 8, 1920 - Jan. 2, 2013

Kenneth Joseph Allen passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Jan. 2. He was 92 and is survived by five brothers and sisters. 

He was a lifetime resident of Oregon City, born on April 8, 1920, to William and Clara Allen.

After graduating from Oregon City High School, he enlisted in the U. S. Army. He was a veteran of World War II and was stationed at Pearl Harbor shortly after the start of the war.

After the Army, he worked in the Clackamas County Clerk’s office, working his way up to chief deputy county clerk. He retired in 1983 and enjoyed working in his greenhouse and gardens as well as frequent trips to the Oregon coast.

Mr. Allen married his wife, Alma (nee Schudde), in April 1953. He was a loving husband and father and cherished having his family around him.

He is survived by his wife; five children, Tom, Gary (Molly), Jeff (Marilyn), Steve (Gail) and Linda Maeshima (Yoshi); 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 16000 Henrici Road, Oregon City at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

Marylou Becker

July 2, 1934 - Jan 4, 2013

Marylou Becker died on Jan. 4.

She was born on July 2, 1934, in Astoria, where she was raised. She was an elementary school teacher, retiring from Park Place Elementary in 1989. She married Bert Becker in 1955, and together they raised their family in Oregon City. She enjoyed traveling and collecting Roadrunners.

She is survived by: her loving husband, Bert; children, William Becker and Susie Sumpter; and two step-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. at Hillside Chapel in Oregon City. Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Transition Projects.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

Craig Luther Edwards

Aug. 14, 1941 - Dec. 30, 2012

Craig Luther Edwards died on Dec. 30.

He was a loan officer, remodeler, avid reader, cartoonist and self described as “not bad at building rowboats.” He was also a shooter, archer, hiker and all around handsome guy, as all Edwards are.

He is survived by: sons, Michael and Christopher; grandchildren, Independence, Bright and Sage; and step-grandson, Tony.

Arrangements: Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes.

Lydia Clarissa Ford

Nov. 6, 1948 - Dec. 31, 2012

Lydia Clarissa Ford died of cancer on Dec. 31.

She was born in Germany, on Nov. 6, 1948, and came to America in 1952 with her parents, Gene and Sophia Kreibel, and her sister, Judy. She married Eugene Ford in 1967 and graduated from West Linn High School in 1968.

She was married for 45 great years to Gene, and together they had four children: JR, Linda, John and Dan. She loved baking and cake decorating and worked last at Food 4 Less until she became sick.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Mrs. Ford is survived by: her husband, Gene; children, Linda, John and Dan; mother, Sophia; stepfather, Dave; sister, Judy; uncle, Don; daughters-in-law, Cammie and Kim; son-in-law, John; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her eldest son, JR, in 2011.

There are no services planned, please just remember her and how great she was in your own special way. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in her honor, visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Scott Lorenzen

May 9, 1967 - Dec. 31, 2012

Jeffrey “Jeff” Scott Lorenzen, aged 45, died on Dec. 31, at his home in Lake Oswego.

He was born on May 9, 1967, in Bremerton, Wash. He attended Tigard High School, and went on to work in the natural foods industry, spanning territory in the Southwestern United States, living in San Diego, Orange County and Long Beach, Calif., and eventually moving to Lake Oswego.

He was a long-time and loyal employee for Tree of Life, a subsidiary of Kehe Distributors. He was an avid photographer, traveler and fun-loving adventurer. He expressed himself beautifully and timelessly through his art.

He is survived by: his lifelong partner, Anthony Tran; his father, Gary Lorenzen Sr.; stepmother, Patty; mother, Karen Ridley; brother, Gary Lorenzen Jr.; and sisters, Kristen Arnold and Stephanie Vasquez.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 7. 

Life is fleeting, fragile and precious. Now is the time, today is the day, this is the minute to cherish those we love.

In lieu of flowers you can make a donation on behalf of Jeffery Lorenzen to the Oregon Humane Society at the following link: oregonhumane.org.

Arrangements: Young’s Funeral Home.

Elsie Moore

Jan. 24, 1920 - Dec. 28, 2012

Elsie Moore died on Dec. 28 at the age of 92.

She was born Jan. 24, 1920, to parents Karl and Elizabeth Delzer in the village of Ventura, N.D. In 1942 she and her friend Luella came out to Oregon to work in the war effort. She was a welder at Oregon Shipyard. After the war was over she went to Emmanuel Hospital to get some training and become a practical nurse. She worked in the newborn nursery for nine years.

In 1947 she married Roger Cochran, who died in 1954, after which she relocated to California to be near her sister.

In 1959 she met and later married George Moore. They had one son, John. George and John both passed away in 2001. She is survived by three nieces, three nephews, one stepdaughter and two grandchildren.

There will be a small memorial service on Monday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. at Vineyard Place Retirement Center in Milwaukie. Visit anewtradition.com for more information.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.

Doris E. Nielsen

Aug. 14, 1925 - Dec. 22, 2012

Doris E. Nielsen passed away in Oregon City on Dec. 22, at the age of 87.

She was born in Portland on Aug. 14, 1925 to parents Theodore and Tekla Broms. She was raised in Portland and attended Jefferson High School. She later attended Good Samaritan School of Nursing and became a registered nurse.

In February 1947, she married Dexter L. Nielsen. She worked as a registered nurse, at Southgate Wallboard as a bookkeeper and as a homemaker until she retired in 1987.

She is survived by: her husband, Dexter; sons, Randy, Chris, Tim and Dale Nielsen; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her father, Theodore Broms; mother, Tekla Broms; and sister, Virginia Rice.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in her honor please visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.

Carol Susan Hafdahl Pool

June 3, 1942 - Dec. 24, 2012

Tualatin resident Carol Hafdahl passed away on Dec. 24. 

She was born in Detroit on June 3, 1942. She was raised in Detroit and moved to Oregon in 1983. She loved children and primarily worked as a child care provider and homemaker. She particularly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and also liked to watch her favorite TV shows, read the newspaper and magazines and go shopping. 

She is survived by: her son, Michael Pool; daughter, Kimberly Pool; daughter, Kirsten Pool of Oregon City; son-in-law, DJ Olver; grandchildren, Aaliyah, Caleb, Jaelynn, Jacob and Aztlan; sisters, Sharlene and Joyce; brother, Michael; best friend, Linda Poindexter; and granddogs, Sunny, Phoenix and Scout. 

She was preceded in death by Charles Froberg and Jacqueline Froberg.

A celebration of her life will be held on Jan. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 14673 Stitt Court in Oregon City. 

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Tualatin. 


Charles Sanders

June 4, 1922 - Dec. 30, 2012

Charles Sanders died on Dec. 30 at age 90.

He was born on June 4, 1922, in Chillicothe, Mo. He graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1940.

On Oct. 21, 1942, he joined the U. S. Navy, and became a Radioman First Class, and spent time on the USS Success and USS Broadwater. He was discharged in 1946 in San Pedro, Calif. It was at the Naval Air Station in Long Beach, Calif., that he met Maryann Willoughby. They were married Feb. 6, 1947, in Glendale, Calif.  

Their son, Charles (Chuck), was born in 1948, and daughter, Candice, was born in 1950. The family moved from North Hollywood, Calif., to Brookings in 1960.

Mr. Sanders was a truck driver all his life, moving equipment for the Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles, hauling logs in Brookings-Harbor and driving a plywood truck for Brookings Plywood Company.

In 1986, he and Maryann moved to Woodburn, and then to Redmond in 1987, where they lived until 2003, when they returned to Woodburn.

Mr. Sanders moved to Vineyard Place in Milwaukie in 2009, where he lived until January of 2012, when his health had declined to the point that he needed assistance. He lived at Laurelhurst Village in Portland, until his death.

He is survived by: his daughter, Candice; his grandson, Lance Boetel; his granddaughter, Erin Sanders; three great-granddaughters, Mallory Maddox and Meagan and Marissa Boetel; his brother, Wayne Sanders; and his brothers-in-law, John Willoughby and Dennis Graham. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maryann, who died in 2005, and his son, Chuck, who died in 2000.

No service is planned at this time. 

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

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.

Charles Schram

March 15, 1927 - Dec. 23, 2012

Charles Schram died on Dec. 23 at age 85.

He was born on March 15, 1927, the only child of parents, Charles and Mary Ellen Schram, and was raised in Oregon City.

After closing his retail discount stores in Oregon City, Newberg and Hillsboro, he enjoyed his new career as a real estate broker. He and his beloved wife, June, raised apples, peaches and plums that they sold to the public at their home in Clackamas on 82nd Drive. She preceded him in death on June 10, 2009.

He is survived by: his daughters, Marcy Schram and Lorraine Baker; son-in-law, Raymond Baker; grandsons, David and Robert Baker; granddaughters, Holly Plucar, Wendy Gaub, Dana Inness, Cindy Wray and Linda Morgan; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A private service with military honors was held at the chapel of Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud on Dec. 30, officiated by pastor Tom Baker.

He was interred at Mt. View Cemetery in Oregon City. Visit waudsfuneralservice.com to sign the online guestbook. 

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud.

Gloria Sellon

Jan. 19, 1931 - Dec. 23, 2012

Gloria Sellon died on Dec. 23, in Happy Valley.

She was born in Camden, N. J., on Jan. 19, 1931, to Walter Thomas and Helengray O’Brien, the eldest of two children. She and her family moved to Oregon when she was at a very young age.

She graduated from Nehalem High School, where she met Leo Sellon and they were later married. She worked for Riviera Volkswagen for 30 years until she retired.

She is survived by: her son Rick Sellon; daughter, Rhonda Yankey; grandchildren, Christopher, Brandon, Matthew and Mark; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Andrew and Ethan.

She was preceded in death by her brother Gatons Thomas O’Brien and her parents.

To sign the online guest book and light a candle in her honor visit anewtradition.com. Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.

James Herbert Stahlke

Aug. 2, 1933 - Dec. 23, 2012

James Herbert Stahlke died in Oregon City on Dec. 23 at age 79, of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born in Henry, S. D., to parents Herbert and Eunice (Ericson) Stahlke, on Aug. 2, 1933. He was raised in Henry, and joined the U. S. Marines in March of 1953. He served in the Marine Corps until 1956.

In 1960 he married Viola Stanley and they settled in the Portland area in 1973. He worked as a farmer, mechanic and in the construction industry doing highway construction and foundation residential construction.

He owned and operated JDS Concrete Construction Company for the past 32 years. He was a member of the VFW and enjoyed raising goats, farming and raising Christmas trees.

He is survived by: his wife, Viola; daughter, Debbi Moore; son, David Stahlke; daughter, Carol Stahlke Jordan; son, Jamie Stahlke; daughter, Lynn Stahlke Norris; grandchildren, Wednesday Cox, Heart Norris, Karma Stahlke and Addy Jordan; great-grandchildren, Kellen Cox and Kaiya Cox.

He was preceded in death by: his daughter, Kathleen Stahlke; and brothers, Larry and Bob Stahlke.

A memorial service at Willamette National Cemetery was held on Jan. 3. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.

Beverly Sue Twining

Nov. 11, 1939 - Dec. 13, 2012

Beverly Sue Twining died on Dec. 13, at age 73, at Tabor Crest Care Center.

She was born on Nov. 11, 1939, in Caldwell, Idaho. She lived in Milwaukie for several years, before moving to Portland.

She is survived by “angel” Beverly Christman, who helped her for 38 years, and who shopped and ate with her and traveled to many places with her over the years.

She was buried in Wilder, Idaho, by her adopted parents. There will be no funeral service, at her request.