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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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Laurence R. Bright

Sept. 8, 1937 - Jan. 7, 2013

Laurence R. Bright passed away in his home in Happy Valley on Jan. 7, at age 75; the cause of death was prostate cancer.

He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to parents Audie and Rose Bright on Sept. 8, 1937. He was raised in Studio City, Calif., and graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1955. In 1959 he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, majoring in finance.

On Aug. 3, 1963, he married Joan Nelsen in Montebello, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles. Together he and Joan had two children, Rick and Ron.

Mr. Bright worked at United California Bank in Los Angeles as the vice president of the bond department from 1960-1978, and then at the Union Bank of California in Portland, from 1978 until his retirement in 1997.

The couple belonged to the Riverside Golf and Country Club and they loved playing golf there. They also showed their Great Dane, Lyric, to her championship, which turned out to be a great family hobby. Cars were also a big interest of Mr. Bright’s.

He is survived by: his wife of 49 years, Joan, of Happy Valley; son, Rick Bright, and his wife, Tineke; son, Ron Bright, and wife, Elizabeth, of Happy Valley; and grandchildren, Jordan, Justin, Haylen, Ryan and Michael.

He was preceded in death by parents, Audie and Rose Bright.

He will be remembered for his kindness, great sense of humor and all the pranks he pulled on his many friends. He will be dearly missed by his family and all those who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Kaiser Hospice, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St., Suite 140, Portland 97210-5398.

There will be a private family gathering at a later date. To sign the online guest book and to light a candle in his honor, visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Carol Elaine Zuber Chance

Feb. 16, 1944 - Dec. 22, 2012

Carol Elaine Zuber Chance passed away Dec. 22, due to complications from COPD/emphysema. She was 68 years old, and had lived for many years in Gladstone and Milwaukie.

She was born in Oregon City on Feb. 16, 1944, and graduated from Estacada High School and began work for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service.

She married Bill Chance and together they had two daughters, Denise and Monica. They later divorced and she again entered the work force. She worked for Fred Meyer Warehouse in the soft goods department, Clackamas Rehabilitation Center and retired from Oak Grove Elementary School as a cook. She enjoyed reading, music, floral design and spending time with her family.

She is survived by: daughters, Denise Hauck and Monica Brake; grandson, Ryan Brake; mother, Phyllis Seeley; sisters, Shirley Skou and Nancy Ochs; brother, Forrest Zuber; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 26, at Burnside Baptist Church.

Donna V. Gaiser

Dec. 5, 1929 - Jan. 23, 2013

Donna Gaiser passed away peacefully on Jan. 23, due to Parkinson’s related complications. While this disease affected her physical abilities, it never dampened her love for life, family, and friends.

She is survived by: her husband, Robert; children, Kathy, Jim and Rich; and grandchildren, James, Andrew, Jared and Lauren.

Her family would like to thank all of the wonderful friends and relatives who were such a vital part of her life. She cared deeply for all of us and we are all so very fortunate to experience her warmth, humor, and giving nature.

A memorial will be held at Willamette View in the Terrace Room at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. In lieu of flowers, make a contribution to Parkinson Center of Oregon at OHSU in her honor.

Eunice Ruth Giddings

Sept. 10, 1918 - Jan. 23, 2013

Longtime Oregon City resident Eunice Ruth Giddings died on Jan. 23 in Happy Valley, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on Sept. 10, 1918, in Liberty, Neb.

She was married to Alonzo Giddings for over 72 years; he preceded her in death in 2011. She is survived by: her sons, Nolan (Linda) and Averitt (Geri) Giddings; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Gwendolyn Brooks.

A visitation was held on Jan. 27 and a funeral service was held on Jan. 28, both at Hillside Chapel in Oregon City.

Visit hillsidechapelfh.com to sign a guest book and leave a message for the family.

Thomas Lee Hansen

April 10, 1953 - Jan. 18, 2013

Thomas Lee Hansen is survived by: his son, Tyler Hansen; daughter, Stephanie Hansen; father, George Hansen; and brothers, John Hansen and Rick Hansen.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 26 at Milwaukie Covenant Church.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Harvey Leo James

Aug. 13, 1933 - Jan. 13, 2013

Harvey Leo James, 79, a resident of the Oregon City community, died Jan. 13, at the Willamette Falls Medical Center in Oregon City.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1933, in Curry County, one of two children born to Clyde and Vera LeClair James. He was raised in Gold Beach and graduated from Gold Beach High School.

He met his future wife, Betty Clauson, while in high school. They were married on Aug. 9, 1951, in Gold Beach. Following their marriage, they made their home in Gold Beach until 1964 when they moved to Forest Grove. In 1968 they moved to Oregon City were they had lived since.

Mr. James was a long-haul trucker during the first part of his working career. He retired as a manager for Flemming Foods, a grocery distributor, in Oregon City in 1995.

He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. He was also an avid gardener and family man and enjoyed watching old Westerns. He was a very patient and loving man who will be missed by many.

Survivors include: his loving wife, Betty; four children and their spouses, Laura Campbell, Harvey Jr. and Karen James, Jeff and Elaina James and Melody Jennings; two siblings, Dan Reinert and Jean Barton; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Skip Campbell.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at Park Place Church.

Arrangements: Duyck & VenDeHey Funeral Home.

Raymond L. Johnson

July 18, 1922 - Jan. 19, 2013

Raymond L. Johnson passed away peacefully in his Milwaukie home on Jan. 19, at the age of 90.

He was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to parents John and Florence on July 18, 1922. He was raised in Poplar Bluff.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 and served until 1947, being honorably discharged as a Pearl Harbor survivor. On Jan. 18, 1947, he married the love of his life, Peggy Ryan. Mr. Johnson worked as a mill worker at Publishers Paper until his retirement in 1979.

He is survived by: his daughters, Becky, Vickie and Mickie Johnson; son, David Johnson; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: his wife, Peggy, who passed away in 1999; mother, Florence Conover; father, John Johnson; brother, Harold Johnson; and sister, Norma Johnson.

A memorial service with military honors at Willamette National Cemetery will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor visit anewtradition.com

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Fritz L. Kramer

March 18, 1918 - Jan. 14, 2013

Milwaukie resident Fritz Kramer died on Jan. 14.

He was born in Vienna, Austria, on March 18, 1918, to Arpad and Marianne (Stempel) Kramer. He was an only child, orphaned at the age of 12. He attended the Schwartzwald School and the Vienna Handelsakademie.

He left Austria for the United States in 1939 and worked various jobs in New England. He was the first paid ski patrolman at Mt. Mansfield in Stowe, Vt.

In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in Ft. Lewis, Wash., and served in the 10th Mountain Division, including as a rock-climbing instructor at Seneca Rocks, W.V. He served as a medic in Italy at Riva Ridge, earning a Bronze Star. After the war he remained in Europe as a translator for the U.S. War Department, working in Vienna until 1946.

After the war, Mr. Kramer earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington and worked as a ski instructor in Sun Valley, Idaho, and a ski patrolman and instructor at Stevens Pass, Wash. He met Mary Deming through the National Ski Patrol in Seattle, and they were married in 1949.

He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He taught geography at Allegany College, University of Nevada, University of California, University of Oregon, Colorado College, Sacramento State University and Portland State University. Among his favorite university activities were serving as the director of the European Studies Institute, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, in 1972, and as the resident director of the Oregon Study Center in Stuttgart and Tuebigen, Germany, from 1977-1980 and 1982-1983. He retired from Portland State University in 1984.

Mr. Kramer and his family enjoyed skiing, camping, hiking and exploring the outdoors. He loved the small farm they lived on in Portland, raising sheep, chickens, geese and produce.

After retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively. He was very active with the Austrian-American Society of Oregon as a founding member and president for many years.

In his last years he resided at Willamette View. Throughout his life he had sketched and painted as a hobby. The Artworks program at Willamette View re-ignited his passion for the arts, and he spent much time creating drawings, paintings and poetry with the Artworks staff.

Mr. Kramer is survived by: his three children, Gretl, and her husband, Larry Schlueter, and Anne and Richard Kramer; three grandchildren, Kerry Palmer, Jessie Brown and Ryan Schlueter; and seven great-grandchildren.

His wife Mary preceded him in death in 2007.

Beginning in childhood, after he lost both parents, and with the help of two beloved teachers in Vienna, he developed a brave and independent spirit that allowed him to face challenges and new situations with a positive attitude and an open mind. He made friends all over the world and kept those friendships strong through correspondence and visits. He made his own path through life, and that is the legacy he leaves his children and grandchildren as he taught them to do the same.

Donations in his memory may be sent to: Artworks at Willamette View, 13169 S.E. River Road, Portland 97222.

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

Sadie (Sally) Potter

Jan. 7, 1925 - Jan. 10, 2013

Sadie (Sally) Potter passed away on Jan. 10 at age 88, surrounded by her family.

She is survived by: her husband of 71 years, Dick; and children, Rick (Mary) and Larry (Dianne); four grandchildren, Andy, Mark (Aimee), Meleah Follen (Chuck) and Alicia Nelson (Tobin); and five great-grandchildren, Austen, Allie, Megan, Denali and Carys.

A memorial service has been held.

Memorial donations may be made to Casey Eye Institute (located at OHSU).

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Patricia Ann Sage

Feb. 10, 1942 - Jan. 16, 2013

Clackamas resident Patricia Ann Sage died on Jan. 16.

She was born in Newberry, Mich., to Leo and Dolly Holt on Feb. 10, 1942. She was raised in Portland and attended David Douglas High School. In 1960 she married Jerry Sage.

She worked as a waitress for 10 years until her retirement in 2000.

She is survived by: her son, Alan Sage; daughters, Sandie Foster and Sharon Turner; sister, Viola Waudby; brothers, Arthur and Everrett Holt; granddaughters, Stephanie Foster, Katie Foster, Amanda Foster and Stacy Sage; grandson, Cory Foster; and great-grandsons, C.J. Sage and Christian Sage.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Jerry Sage; her parents, Leo and Dolly Holt; sister, Clara Vought; brothers, Kenneth Holt and Leo Holt; and sisters, Gloria Ring and Lillian Holt.

A memorial service took place on Jan. 26, at the Tabernacle of Hope in Portland. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in her honor visit anewtradition.com.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

David Allen Stout

June 23, 1952 - Jan. 17, 2013

David Allen Stout passed away at his home in Molalla on Jan. 17, at the age of 60.

He was born in Oregon City to parents Melvin and Nancy Stout on June 23, 1952. He was raised in Canby and Oregon City and attended Canby Union High School.

In 1969 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until 1976. He began working at M&W Building Supply in Canby in 1981 and retired in 2010.

He was a jack of all trades, and if you ever needed anything fixed, he was the man that would do it for you. He loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed going to the Oregon Coast to camp, fish, go crabbing and have bonfires with friends and family. He loved to bowl, build things with his nephew, Leroy, and go hunting with his son, David.

He is survived by: his companion and caregiver, Amanda Rankins; son, David Allen Stout III; brothers, Clifford and Kenny Stout; father, Melvin Stout; nephew, Leroy Stout; sister, Norma Cooper; niece, Breeanna Stout; sister, Shealea Todd; and nephew, Ernest Shoemaker (aka Jr.).

He was preceded in death by: his mother, Nancy Stout; sister, Cheryl Dillon; and uncle, Chuck Anderson.

There will be a memorial service with military honors on Friday, Feb. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 1180 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland.

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

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.