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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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Elizabeth J. Bradt

Nov. 4, 1920 - Feb. 7, 2013

Elizabeth Jane Polhamus Bradt died on Feb. 7 at age 92.

Born on Nov. 4, 1920, in Syracuse, she was the daughter of Frederick M. and Clara M. Pike Polhamus. She graduated from the Valley Academy.

Her life was devoted to her children and their families, known as “Gram” to her 13 grandchildren and “GG” to her 19 great-grandchildren. In the early ‘50s she traveled to France with her five children to be reunited with her husband and lived there for four years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Victor B. Bradt, in 1982 and her first husband, Harry C. Hoover, in 1985; three sisters, Esther Allen Eipp, Margaret Polhamus Sexton and Pearl Polhamus Tatko; and three brothers, Jerry Allen, John Polhamus and Robert Polhamus.

She is survived by three daughters, Diane C. Hoover Lewis of Oregon, Sally S. Hoover Weinbach and Dawn C. Hoover Bender; two sons, Gary C. Hoover and Leslie E. Hoover; grandchildren, Debbie Renner, Donna Salber and Robert Lewis of Oregon, as well as Mark Weinbach, Marcia Miktuk, Jason Bender, Kimberly Greene, Jaqueline Temple, Robert and Daniel Bender, Gabrielle, Jennifer and Katherine Hoover; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Jennifer, Jessica, Michael and Paige of Oregon, as well as Cole, Carly, Christopher and Steven, Crystalyn, Mitchell Charlotte, Kaleb, Kole, Zack, Grace, Summer, Matthew and Addison; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service at a time to be announced. Burial will be in Manlius Village Cemetery.

For a guest book, visit scheppfamily.com.

Richard (Rick) Wayne Chandler

March 31, 1959 - Jan. 25, 2013

Happy Valley resident Richard (Rick) Wayne Chandler died on Jan. 25.

He was born in Ft. Hood, Texas, on March 31, 1959. He grew up in Texas, Alaska and Germany, and moved to Oregon in 1973. He also spent time in California, Georgia, Maryland, Washington and Alabama.

He went to school in Tacoma, Wash.; Germany; Aberdeen, Md.; Ephrata, Wash.; Anchorage, Alaska; Redmond; and in Corvallis, where he attended OSU.

Over the years he held a variety of jobs, always with his goal of working toward a career in multimedia. He enjoyed wrestling, hiking, photography, archaeology, visiting friends and family and helping anyone he could help.

He was a member of the Church of God.

Mr. Chandler is survived by: his mother, Lora Chandler; his brothers, Ronald, Robert, Paul and William (Bill) Chandler; and by his sister, Gail Sams.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Willis Chandler.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 9, at East Gate Bible Chapel.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center - Milwaukie.

Kathy Sue Heller

May 3, 1951 - Feb. 4, 2013

Gladstone resident Kathy Sue Heller passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Feb. 4.

She was born on May 3, 1951, in Bremerton, Wash. She attended Gladstone High School, and spent many years working in her family’s business, Kearns Market & Road Runner Pizza, in Gladstone.

The loving wife of David Heller, they enjoyed retirement and their trips to Spirit Mountain & Chinook Winds Casinos. She especially enjoyed time spent with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by: her husband, David R. Heller; son, Donald Richard McMillan (Julie); daughter, Erica Caum (David); grandchildren, Camden St. Andre, Caitlyn St. Andre and Connor McMillan; and brothers, Ronnie (Marci), Randy and Bart (Kathi) Kearns.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Thelma Kearns, and her brother, Richard.

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff in emergency and oncology at Willamette Falls Hospital, as well as those at Providence Hospital, and especially the Providence Hospice Team for their compassionate and wonderful care.

A celebration of life was held on Saturday, Feb. 9.

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

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Dolly May Major

May 24, 1935 - Feb. 1, 2013

Dolly May Major died Feb. 1, of lung disease, at age 77.

She was born May 24, 1935, in Monterey, Calif., moved to Eugene in 1950 and married Herbert E. Major in 1955. They moved to Milwaukie in 1961.

She was a housewife raising four children and worked at Elmer’s in Clackamas for many years.

Her survivors include: sons, Brett, Craig and Randy; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Major and Kathy Shepherd; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Veronica J. Miller

Nov. 7, 1960 - Jan. 24, 2013

Veronica J. Miller, 52, of Portland, passed away on Jan. 24, from lung cancer.

She is survived by: her children, Jeff Lee Stewart, Alexandria Billy Jean Miller, Breyona Jean Miller and Will Clark; and three grandchildren, Brandon, Britney and Akayliah.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 9 at the Greater Portland Baptist Church in Portland.

Edward George Montemayor

Feb.16, 1935 - Jan. 30, 2013

Edward George Montemayor died on Jan. 30, in Milwaukie, at the age of 77.

He was born and raised in San Antonio, and graduated from Burbank High School. He moved to Oregon in 1957.

A professional wrestler for 30 years, he appeared as Tito Montez in matches all around the United States. He later went on to a second career as a business owner in his adopted state of Oregon.

In September 1992 he and Magdalene Zahn were joined in marriage.

Mr. Montemayor is survived by: his wife, Magdalene Montemayor; children, Dean Cockeram, Felicia Montemayor, Melicia Montemayor, Kendra Coverdale, Jeremy Wells, Avery Wells and Gabriel Wells; and 16 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Rock Creek Community Center, 13301 S.E. 172nd Ave., in Clackamas.

Memorial contributions may be made to his widow, Magdalene Montemayor.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center - Milwaukie.