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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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Joyce Haller

Nov. 2, 1928 - Jan. 29, 2013

Joyce Louise Haller, 84, of Lincoln City, died Jan. 29, at her home.

She was born Nov. 2, 1928, to Crystal and Margaret (Kalley) Bedortha in Astoria.

She is survived by: children, Larry D. and Jon R. Haller, Marie L. Jones, Kathy A. Sawyer and Oregon City resident Lisa K. Cowgill; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Dean N. Haller, preceded her in death in 2009.

A private service was held.

Arrangements: Affordable Burial and Cremation in Lincoln City.

Michael Scott McCarroll

Oct. 30, 1957 - Jan. 30, 2013

Beaverton resident Michael Scott McCarroll died on Jan. 30.

He was well known in the Oregon City business community as the owner of Minuteman Press.

He is survived by: wife, Debbie; and family.

His funeral will take place Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 13715 S.W. Walker Road, in Beaverton.

Ione Beulah Anderson Moe

March 21, 1916 - Jan. 25, 2013

Ione Beulah Anderson Moe died peacefully at home with her daughter and granddaughters by her side on Jan. 25; she was 96.

She was born March 21, 1916, to Hulda and Hartvig Anderson in South Dakota. She grew up in Wilmot, S.D., and after high school she went to beauty school in Aberdeen, S.D., where she met her future husband at church (his dad was the pastor).

She was a beautician until she married Don Moe on June 25, 1939. The two of them moved around a bit, as Don was a probation officer and a social worker. She helped her husband start Luther Child’s Center in Everett, Wash. They finally settled in Oregon in the early 1960s.

Mrs. Moe is survived by: her daughter, Charlotte Heinrich; granddaughters, Sharilyn (John) Brooks and Kathryn (Joe) Hermes; and four great-grandsons, Ryan and Matt Brooks and Colin and Michael Hermes.

Her husband preceded her in death in 1989.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. at Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes, 11667 S.E. Stevens Road, Happy Valley.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Bristol Hospice.

Arrangements: Simon Woodburn Funeral Chapel.

Robert James Reilly

Nov. 1, 1948 - Jan. 8, 2013

Milwaukie resident Robert James Reilly died Jan. 8, at the age of 64.

He was born Nov. 1, 1948, in Portland, to Robert Walton and Patricia Kathryn (Lewis) Reilly.

He graduated from Benson High School in Portland, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971.

On July 31, 1971, he married Linda Elaine Dobson in Compton, Calif.

He was a retired employee of Tektronix in Beaverton.

Survivors include: his sons, Sean and Michael; daughters, Barbara and Patricia; and four grandchildren.

His wife, son, Timothy, and sisters, Kathy, Peggy and Janet, preceded him in death.

A service officiated by the Rev. Janice Bell was held Feb. 1 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 14500 S.E. Powell Blvd.

Burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Sandra Kay Rice

Dec. 30, 1947 - Jan. 26, 2013

Sandra Kay Rice died the afternoon of Jan. 26 at home, after a long battle with brain cancer.

She was born on Dec. 30, 1947, to Glenn and Genevra Thomsen of West Linn.

She graduated from West Linn High School in 1966, where she met her husband, Greg. They were married Jan. 21, 1966. They were happily married 47 years and remained in West Linn. Mrs. Rice was mostly a homemaker, but worked on occasion in retail and daycare.

She is survived by: her husband, Greg (her high school sweetheart); her daughters, Krista Rowles (Rob Rowles) and Karen Holum (James Holum); and her five grandkids, Ryan, 19, Spencer, 18, Bethany, 14, Hannah, 11, and Maegan, 11.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Blaze Kyle Jones.

A private interment was held on Feb. 1, at Mountain View Cemetery. A public memorial service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Feb. 2.

Visit waudsfuneralservice.com for more information.

Joyce Phoebe Schwab (Cowan)

Nov. 5, 1924 - Jan. 29, 2013

Joyce Phoebe Schwab died on Jan. 29.

She was born on Nov. 5, 1924, in Craik, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Paul and Phoebe (Hemingway) Kusmire, one of seven children. The family later moved to Estevan where she completed high school. Soon after, she moved to Regina to take up a position with Saskatchewan Government Telephones.

On a visit to relatives in Melville, she was reintroduced to a young baker, Harry Schwab, whom she had first met a few years earlier at a school social. They married in 1947 and began to raise a family.

Ten years later they immigrated to the United States, settling eventually and very happily in Milwaukie.

Mrs. Schwab resumed her career in taking a job with Pacific Northwest Bell, where she worked her way up from telephone switchboard operator to department supervisor. She remained with PNB for 27 years and retired in 1985. On retirement she gardened, sewed, volunteered at the Milwaukie Senior Center, traveled, followed the Trail Blazers, knitted beautiful sweaters for family and friends, and baked countless pies, cakes and cookies.

Mr. Schwab passed away in 1989 and she remained in the family home until 2003, when she moved to Town Center Village. An avid and much admired grower of dahlias and roses, she was anxious about leaving her garden, but admitted almost immediately that moving to the retirement community was one of the best things she ever did. That was prophetic, because she soon met and eventually married the second love of her life, Louis Cowan, in 2005; they enjoyed four happy years before he passed away in 2009.

Though she and husband, Harry, were far away from family in Canada, she remained very close to her sisters and brother and was actively engaged with the lives of her children, their wives and families, and her much loved grandchildren. She was well known and loved by friends and family for her good humor and cheerful and generous personality.

She is survived by: her sister, Darlene Sinclair; her children, Larry Schwab (Norma) and Jerry Schwab (Stacey); four grandchildren; and three step grandchildren.

Her life was celebrated at a funeral Mass at Christ the King Church in Milwaukie on Tuesday, Feb 5.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Open Arms and Helping Hands (helpinghands.horsleyfamily.com).

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels Milwaukie.

Visit stehnfuneralhomes.com for more information.

Teresa Rowley Sines

Aug. 26, 1959 - Jan. 20, 2013

Teresa Rowley Sines passed away in Oregon City on Jan. 20, at age 53.

She was born in Vallejo, Calif., to parents Glen and Irene Rowley on Aug. 26, 1959. She enjoyed boating, snow mobiling and her garden.

On Oct. 28, 2006, she married Bret Sines in Portland.

She is survived by: her husband, Bret; daughters, Tiffany, Ashley, Chelsie and Shantel; stepchildren, Nick and Amanda; grandson, Jaxon; sister, Veronica; nieces, Jennifer and Jamie; and nephew, Casey.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Kenny.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 2 at Estacada First Baptist Church.

For more information, visit anewtradition.com.

Betty Yeoman Sonnikse

June 5, 1921 - Dec. 29, 2012

Long-time Milwaukie resident Betty Sonniksen passed away Dec. 29, at Rose Villa Health Center. She worked at Milwaukie High School as a secretary from 1961- 1971.

She is survived by: children, Scott (Rebecca), Craig (Barbara) and Anne Bauder (Todd); grandchildren, Lara (Jef) Kalina, Kristen Sonniksen and Jakob (Danielle)Bauder; and great-grandchildren, Izabella and Sophia Kalina.

She was preceded in death by husband, Andrew T. Sonniksen in 1984.

Her family wishes to thank everyone at Rose Villa for their kindness and wonderful care of their mother.

A private entombment was held.

Dennis Denny” Van Valin

Dec. 24, 1931 – Jan. 24, 2013

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Betty, to whom he was a loving and devoted husband. He is also survived by his daughter Vicki Van Valin, son Barry Van Valin, three stepchildren, Karlene, Renee and Greg, 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Dennis Van Valin in 1987. He worked at the paper mill in West Linn for 42 years before retiring in 1994. Denny retired as a Master Sergeant in the National Guard after 20 years of service. Although a self-proclaimed “Bah-Humbug”, we all knew better by the many lights and decorations adorning the outside of his house and yard at Christmas.

He was loved and will be missed by his many friends and family.

Marilyn Joan Zetz

April 17,1931 - Jan. 29, 2013

Marilyn Joan Zetz died on Jan. 29.

She was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on April 17, 1931, to Edward and Amelia Goodwin.

The family moved to Portland in 1945, and she attended Washington High School.

She became a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines; while living in California, she worked for IBM, and was a Real Estate agent for Stan Wiley until her retirement.

She married Charles Frazer in 1954; they moved to San Jose, Calif., and later to Los Gatos, Calif.

She married Adrianus Zetz in 1972, and moved to Lake Oswego.

Mrs. Zetz is survived by: her brother, George Goodwin; his wife, Barbara; cousins, H. Lloyd Hofer and Don Schenk; niece, Deborah McCauley; and nephews, Mark, John and James Goodwin.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m., at the Oswego Heritage Council & Museum, 398 10th St., in Lake Oswego.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.