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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWith all the styles, colors, and options available, selecting the right window treatments can seem overwhelming. That’s why we have four tips to help you choose the perfect window coverings for your new place.

Don’t start with the cost: With custom window coverings, there is always a range of pricing that is influenced by add-on features, luxury finishes, and fabric styles. Chances are that no style of window covering is unattainable, even on a budget.

Determine what your windows need to do: Is you major concern blocking sunlight or preserving a captivating view? Is energy efficiency an important issue for you? Do you need a child-safe, cordless covering? Answering questions such as these can help point you in the direction of the right window covering type.

Define your decorating styles: Are your furnishings traditional, contemporary, or a combination of styles? Are your rooms neutral and calming or colorful and energizing? Do you prefer vibrant prints and geometrics or solid colors in intriguing textures? Define your style, and you’ll begin to see it shine through in your new home.

Give us a call!: With Budget Blinds you get a free, in-home consultation with a Style Consultant who can help translate your needs, style preferences, and budget into beautiful window coverings. You can see how samples of treatments, colors, fabrics, and finishes coordinate with your wall colors and furniture, taking the guesswork out of dressing your windows. Call us at 503-590-4333 to set up your in-home consultation.

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonFor those suffering from dementia, home can come with a lot of “no” answers, all with good reasons from the family’s point of view. “No, honey, you can’t go out there alone.” “No, that’s not safe.” ”No, you can’t use that/do that/ go there!” People with memory issues may feel limited in their own home.

“They may feel like people are always whispering about them behind their back,” says Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson. This can be frustrating from the senior’s point of view and certainly add to the paranoia and restlessness, since emotions are still intact.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care is being created to give all “yes” answers through the building design and staff training. Sunnyside Meadows provides a safe, non-restricted environment. The four neighborhoods have been thoughtfully designed for dementia and encourage residents to keep their minds and bodies active.

Every area presents a “Yes, go there, play there, wander there, and enjoy!” Stations are set up with interactive, hands-on life experience reminders, such as baseball cards, pipe fitting pieces, hats and necklaces, puzzles, games, an office or an art project.

Residents feel capable and purposeful when they participate and succeed in activities. Each aspect of the day has been centered on their well-being from the smell of freshly baked bread, to freedom to walk the many patios.

Models are now open for touring and seeing the “Yes”! Call Marie Nicholson at 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your tour.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonHappy Valley will be welcoming a new memory care community, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care, as the doors open this fall. Sunnyside Meadows invites the community to come “feel the warmth” and tour as models are open now!

Led by Administrator Pepsi LaCamp, an experienced and respected industry insider, and Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson, each 14-18 resident neighborhood at Sunnyside Meadows is named after an Oregon river. Featuring both private and companion apartments, each neighborhood supports interactive life stations, individualized activity programs, and a specialized environment for memory loss.

Not a corporate conglomerate, but a family-owned, local business, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care features a unique dementia neighborhood. The serene setting provides intimate areas for family visits and enclosed courtyards with safe walking paths.

Specially selected staff will be supervised by a full-time R.N. and L.P.N. resident care coordinator. The care team’s goal will be to meet the spoken and unspoken needs of residents with a can-do, positive spirit.  Call Marie Nicholson to tour 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWhen it comes to your home’s safety, you can never be too careful. We’ve already discussed some of the stylish and creative cordless window fashions for your home that are ideal when living with children and pets. Whether it’s the classic look of shutters, the versatility of shades, or any other cordless window covering, there are a number of great window treatments available that make your home a safer place.

If you’re still living with cords, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure a safe environment for you and your loved ones:

  • Move cribs, beds, or other furniture that children can climb on away from windows.
  • Keep all cords as short as possible and out of a child’s reach.
  • Be sure continuous-loop cords are firmly secured to the wall or floor to prevent a child or pet from becoming entangled.
  • Spring-assisted clutches can be installed to raise and lower window coverings, replacing cords.
  • Break-away tassels are designed to break apart under minimal stress to prevent entanglement.
  • Cord stops restrict how far internal ladder cords can be pulled from a blind or shade, eliminating the possibility of a loop big enough to fit over a child’s head.
  • Cord cleats safely secure cords up and away from a child’s reach.
  • Let Budget Blinds translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home. For a free, in-home consultation, call us at 503-590-4333 today!

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    BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieStatistics show that an average of one serious injury or fatality occurs each month from blind cord strangulation, both of which are highly avoidable. Cordless window treatments can help make your home a safer place for family and pets. These coverings offer both stylish fashions as well as elimination of cords, allowing you to design as creatively as you would like to.

    Wood, faux wood, composite, and honeycomb blinds are just a few of the options that can be made cordless, either through motorization or through wand-controlled operation of louvers, both of which eliminate dangerous, dangling cords.

    Shades are the most versatile window treatment, offering a wide variety of styles, color options, fabrics and material choices. Best of all, shades can be cordless or motorized making them ideal window coverings for those with children and/or pets in their homes and/or businesses.

    Another option to consider are shutters. Shutters are an incredible window treatment offering clean, crisp lines that complement all décor styles. Shutters are great for arched, rounded, and other unique window shapes that can be a challenge to address. All shutters are custom made from both premium wood and composite materials and they are always cordless.

    If you are ready to make your home safer for those you love, call us at 503-590-4333 for a free, in-home consultation. We can translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home.

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    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John Sciarra Before you hit the open road this summer, run through the Bernard’s Garage Road Trip Checklist to lower your chances of getting sidelined by vehicle troubles.

    Check your tires: Are your tires at the correct pressure? How much tread do your tires have left? How even is the tire wear? Tires are the most common component of vehicles to fail, so make sure yours are in good condition

    Make a road trip playlist: There’s nothing worse than the static of a radio with no service, so burn a CD or create an mp3 playlist with your favorite jams to keep the good times rolling.

    Check your different engine fluids: If your transmission fluid isn’t pinkish and almost clear, have it drained and changed out. Check to make sure you have the proper amount of coolant in your cooling system. And change out the oil and air filter in your engine. The improved fuel economy alone is reason enough.

    Bring some good snacks: There’s nothing worse than a car full of hungry people yelling at each other. Grab a couple of bottles of water per person, and have foods like trail mix, granola bars, bananas, and jerky handy for when hunger strikes

    Stop by Bernard’s Garage: At Bernard’s Garage, vehicle safety is our number one concern. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can help ensure your vehicle is running smoothly before your trip. Give us a call, check out the website, or stop by today!

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    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's here and 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, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s 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 peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

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    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's right around the corner and 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, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s 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 peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    County digs into ambulance contract

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    by: PHOTO COURTESY: AMR - American Medical Response paramedic Michael Templeton brings a patient to Good Samaritan Medical Center's emergency room in Portland. “If you want to drink water from a fire hose, then ambulance contracts are it,” noted Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader last week.

    Commissioners have been doing their best to gulp down new provisions in an increasingly controversial multimillion-dollar contract with American Medical Response. Despite three new commissioners taking office this month, there’s still a majority that wants to look at alternatives to AMR.

    Commissioners decided in February 2012 to renew the AMR contract until May 1, 2014. County officials discussed during their Jan. 22 work session the process to seek proposals for a new contract to replace the AMR pact.

    Users of ambulance service — mainly through Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance — netted AMR $12.5 million last year, of which profit was about $157,000 or 1.2 percent margin. AMR pays the county an annual $365,000 franchise fee, and another $640,000 that goes to fire departments and the system enhancement fund, so another bidder would have to lower labor costs to pay for startup and still make a profit.

    “Ambulance contracts are notorious in having subjective areas, because you’re talking about quality. And what does quality mean?” Schrader asked.

    Ask that question of AMR Oregon General Manager Randy Lauer, who was “blindsided” by the county’s decision not to renew the contract expiring in May 2014, and he’ll give a long list of responses. First, he’ll cite Moore Information’s telephone survey last year of 300 likely voters that showed 61 percent are satisfied with ambulance service in the county and just 4 percent are dissatisfied.

    “There’s an overwhelming opinion that we should renew this contract and move forward,” Lauer said. “Clackamas County just pulled the rug out from under us.”

    With the county moving forward on a bidding process, Schrader expected it is “highly likely” that a “provider war” between AMR and Metro West Ambulance will result in litigation. She doubted that going out for a bid would reduce ambulance costs at the current level of service.

    Schrader’s predicted war has already started in earnest, even if it hasn’t yet headed to court. Metro West points to AMR’s ambulance transport rate in Clackamas County that’s 23.5 percent higher than in Multnomah County and 73.5 percent higher than in Washington County. But AMR says Metro West is “immune to competition” in Washington County because of an auto-renewing contract.

    As for the price difference between Multnomah and Clackamas counties, AMR points to challenging geography around Mt. Hood National Forest and special programs related to recreation here. Clackamas County residents request ambulance services about 17,000 times a year.

    Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office often requests AMR’s “Reach and Treat” team to respond to falls and other Mt. Hood wilderness incidents with medical care during hazardous search-and-rescue situations. AMR also provides a lifeguard-safety program at High Rocks, a regionally popular Clackamas River swimming hole between Gladstone and Oregon City.

    Janelle Meredith, executive director of Clackamas-based Oregon Impact, was among many regional leaders who wrote letters to the county encouraging commissioners not to waste time and money by putting the contract out to bid. AMR is the lead organization and one of the founding members of Safe Kids Portland Metro serving Multnomah and Clackamas counties, dedicated to preventing childhood injuries.

    “AMR is a valuable community partner and one who provides support to community-service programs,” Meredith wrote.

    ‘Splitting hairs’

    by: PHOTO COURTESY: AMR - American Medical Response personnel bring 10 ambulances  to the scene of the Dec. 11 Clackamas Town Center shooting within 30 minutes.When a gunman fired on shoppers in the Clackamas Town Center on Dec. 11, off-duty AMR personnel stepped up to bring 10 ambulances to the scene within 30 minutes. While the number of patients fortunately did not reach the magnitude of an anticipated “mass casualty incident” such as the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., AMR demonstrated its capability to respond to such an incident.

    Earlier last year, Clackamas Fire District No. 1 was the only one of nine fire departments in the county to request that the county initiate an ambulance bidding process, but since the shooting, the district declined to comment further. After emergency crews responded to the Clackamas mall last month, Fire Chief Fred Charlton said, “I was extremely impressed with the integration and coordination of our fire crews and AMR.”

    New commissioners spent nearly two hours last week parsing out the details of how to request for proposed contracts. Eventually, they came to one major change: Price should be more important in selecting an ambulance provider. Weighted with such considerations such as “quality” and “innovation,” price would be 25 percent of the score for selection, instead of 20 percent.

    “We may be splitting hairs,” said Cindy Becker, county health and human services director, “but we’re trying to find a compromise.”

    County steps in

    Schrader expressed concern last week that the board was micromanaging a standard procedural contract.

    The sad thing about the whole county process, according to AMR officials, is wasted time and costs. County officials could have simply renewed the contract that AMR already has.

    Commissioners and AMR have perceived Commissioner Jim Bernard as instigating the contract negotiations unnecessarily, an accusation he denied. AMR came to the county for help when it was losing money, Bernard pointed out, and now he’s concerned that AMR’s Teamster union contract has raised costs for Clackamas County taxpayers. AMR’s employees voted to unionize in 2007; Clackamas County employees, excepting the county administrator and elected officials, are also unionized.

    At AMR’s request, the county last year increased payments per patient-loaded mile from $17.33 to $21.33 to offset fuel costs and changes in Medicare reimbursement. Of the typical $1,200 ambulance bill, AMR only collects $516, when 10 years ago, before Medicare and Medicaid cut reimbursement for half its patients, its collection rate in Clackamas County was 78 percent.

    Lauer said that AMR has recovered financially and posted its first profit in 2011 after six years of losses. He considers it noteworthy that AMR “never threatened to walk away” from its contract while it was losing money.

    “In some respects, we’re being punished for being honest with the county about our financial situation,” he said. “However, we’re committed to Clackamas County and to speeding up response time through a pilot project that’s reducing duplication of services with fire departments. We’d like to put a half-million-dollar investment into upgrading ambulance equipment here, but the county’s early RFP had really put the skids on that.”

    County officials spent more then $50,000 to hire consultant Polaris Group to construct a contract for the county, and Bernard admitted at the Jan. 22 work session that elected officials have gone too far.

    “We stepped into it,” Bernard said. “We got way further than any of us thought we were gonna get, even into the points that we agreed we weren’t going to do and was recommended that we did not do, but we did it anyway, and that in my opinion confused it and made it much more challenging to move forward in what the consultant advised.”

    Commissioner Paul Savas has also been concerned about the board’s level of involvement.

    “I don’t think it should be us — I don’t see the need for the expertise that we have as commissioners to start tweaking something,” Savas said.

    Bernard said that his original memo was concerned with citizen comments. What started with five EMS Council recommendations later turned into commissioners, in Bernard’s words, “playing around with” a point structure that would decide which ambulance company gets the contract.

    “I wasn’t me who said this — it was the folks out there who reviewed the RFP who suggested these five things,” he said.

    The RFP was set to go out next week to potential bidders, who can formally object to its content and demand to have it revised again.by: PHOTO COURTESY: AMR - American Medical Response  provides a lifeguard-safety program at High Rocks, a regionally popular Clackamas River swimming hole between Gladstone and Oregon City.