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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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Norman Joseph “George” Barker

Sept. 30, 1919 - Feb. 21, 2013

Norman Joseph “George” Barker, of Portland, died Feb. 21, at the age of 93 years in Gladstone. He passed away from natural causes.

Born Sept. 30, 1919, in Portland, he was a hard worker, co-founding the Northwest Leather Renewal store. During World War II he was an electrician at the Hanford site of the Manhattan Project, and in 1954 he not only started working for GM ( where he’d work until his retirement March 31, 1985), but he also met Jean Anne Bigbee Hanna, his future wife. They married June 16, 1958. From 1959 to 2013 he owned, managed and maintained rental properties.

Mr. Barker was an avid fisherman and traveler. He loved to drive the entirety of the old Route 66. He was a member of the Oregon Trail Society, and a man who deeply cared about his fellow men. He is remembered and known not only for his care and concern for others, but for his sense of humor and practical jokes.

Mr. Barker is survived by: his daughter, Millie, and her husband, Phil; daughter, Patricia; grandson, Michael, granddaughter Catherine, and her husband, Carlos, and great-grandchildren, Michael, Caleb, Christian, Trinity and Eva.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

David L. Boisjolie

Dec. 28, 1934 - March 3, 2013

David L. Boisjolie died March 3.

He was born in Fargo, N. D., on Dec. 28, 1934, to Septem and Lucille (Stevens) Boisjolie. The family moved to Oregon when he was 8, and he lived in several different towns around the Portland/Vancouver area until he was in junior high.

The family settled in the Willamette area of West Linn, where his father owned a barber shop. He finished school at West Linn High (class of 1953). He worked for The Oregonian, the West Linn Mill and a brief stint in the National Guard before he finally found his love of cars to be his final profession. Mr. Boisjolie worked in several different auto dealerships, and spent the last 25 of those years with Armstrong Buick. He retired in 2000.

He was married to Joyce Hill and had two daughters. They were divorced and he later married Mary Sue Bennett and had one daughter. They raised all three girls together.

They lived in Portland and Gladstone and have been in West Linn at the same house for the past 36 years. Dave and Mary Sue would have been married 50 years in September.

During his lifetime he enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling with family and friends.

Mr. Boisjolie is survived by: his wife; sister, Sylvia, and brother-in-law, Bill Stoddard; daughters, Michelle Lavier (David), Jacqueline Horvat (Robert) and Lisa Macias (Armando); grandchildren, David Forsyth (Cyndi), Brittney Osborne (Derek), Mike Flitcraft (Kira), Kate Losee (James), Morgan and Kaitlin Boisjolie-Breed, and Nick, Greg and Zak Macias; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Bagley, Amber Williams(Lee), Taylore, Ry’n and Parker Osborne, Birch, Jasper and Vivenne Flitcraft and Finn and Junie Losee; great-great-grandchildren, Addyson and Auryan Williams; and five nieces.

He will always be remembered for being a quiet man with a big heart and a dry sense of humor with a mischievous smile. He was always willing to help his family, friends and employees whenever needed. His greatest love and joy was found spending time with his wife and family. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

William G. Dady

September 10, 1921 – Feb. 24, 2013

William G. Dady of Sun City West, Arizona passed away at 91 years of age on Sunday, Feb. 24, with his wife Charlene E. Dady and family by his side.

Bill, as he preferred to be called, was preceded in death by his father William Eugene Dady and mother Hope Dobyne, his sister Grace Fitch and his oldest son William. Bill was born on Sept. 10, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois where he grew up and studied Geology as a bachelor’s degree graduate of the University of Illinois. He was a member of the esteemed Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Unable to join many of his beloved fraternity brothers in the allied fighting in WWII due to a childhood illness that rendered his right arm movement very limited, Bill went to work for Pan American airlines. His first employment was as a flight attendant on the famous Pan Am Clipper flying boats. Bills admiration of the mountains and his mapping of the geologic formations that created them led to extensive explorations into the Teton Mountain area of Wyoming. Bill met and married his lovely wife Charlene Erkins (Dady) in 1948 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at Our Lady of The Tetons Catholic church. The two of them savored each and every day of their 64 magnificent years together.

Bill was thrilled and challenged by many employment endeavors over his lifetime. He was established across the states of Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Colorado, Arizona and Oregon as a very well known, highly respected and much sought after consulting geologist, oil-gas-mining exploration specialist and petroleum engineer. Bill and Charlene lived in Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado before settling the Dady family sequentially in Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville, Oregon in the 1960s. Bill graciously volunteered his time weekly for the Wilsonville planning commission and was an important asset to the incorporation and management of Wilsonville in 1969. The development of the Charbonneau District in 1972 was also one of Bill’s participating achievements. Charbonneau is an award winning private planned community within the city limits of Wilsonville and has been emulated as a model for many northwest communities henceforth. Bill ‘unofficially’ never announced his retirement, instead continuing to research and compile information for volunteer consulting from Bill and Charlene’s retirement home in Sun City West, Arizona from 1998 to 2013.

While employment was a fiscal necessity, community services his passion, and Bill’s devotion to his traditional Roman Catholic faith unshakeable, his principal delight in daily life was his family. He is survived by his be- loved wife Charlene and daughters Shawn Koellermeier (husband Robert), Lorin Clasen (husband Rick), Patty Dady, Sharon Harrell, Anne Whalen, and sons Robert Dady (wife Kelly), Michael Dady, and John Dady (wife Kristy). In addition there are currently 22 Dady grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, with one more presently on the way.

Bill will be laid to rest at the base of the majestic Grand Teton mountain range near Wilson, Wyoming at the Elliot Cemetery on Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. Contributions may be given to Hospice of Arizona at 12740 North Plaza Del Rio Boulevard, Peoria, Arizona, 85351.

Lorraine “Rena” Gray

March 10, 1923- March 6, 2013

Lorraine “Rena” Gray died on March 6 at 89 years of age.

She is survived by her son, Richard Gary Garver.

A private scattering of her remains at Otter Crest Beach will take place in the summer of 2013.

Richard Alan Torrance

May 31, 1935 - March 6, 2013

Oregon City resident Richard Alan Torrance passed away March 6 at home surrounded by his family.

He was an avid fisherman who never missed a spring or fall Chinook run. He worked in construction as a truck driver for over 40 years.

He is survived by: his children, Michele Nichols, and her husband, Dan, and daughter, Jeanine Smith, and her husband, Colin; grandchildren, Alex, Preston, Connor and Sarah; and nephew, Roger Hopkins, whom he loved like a son. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Addeanne.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 19, at 11 a.m. in the Lynchwood Christian Church, 3815 S.E. 174th Ave., in Portland.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Odyssey Hospice for the help and support. For more information and to sign the online guest book, visit hillsidechapelfh.com.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

John Steven Whiteline

Feb. 7, 1944 - Feb. 24, 2013

John Steven Whiteline, 69, died peacefully in his sleep in his Puyallup, Wash., home on Sunday, Feb. 24. He was born in Klamath Falls, on Feb. 7, 1944.

He was an intelligent man with many interests. A former small aircraft pilot, he enjoyed reading, playing chess, gardening, sailing, studying astronomy, traveling, practicing his German language skills and learning anything new. He was an avid golfer, skier and sports fan.

He retired from the Port of Tacoma where he worked as an electrician.

He was a kind and generous soul, who was a wonderful friend and confidant. He took care of his extended family with his whole heart, and his love for family and friends was unconditional.

He shared much of his time and talent encouraging young people to achieve their academic and athletic goals and was so proud of their accomplishments. His greatest joy was sharing time with his daughter and helping her pursue her dreams.

He is survived by: his wife, Rong Whiteline; daughter, ChengSu Chen; mother, Dorothy Chenault, of Oregon City; and sister, Diana Ames.

Interment is planned at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Mr. Whiteline loved life and will be profoundly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. Condolences of respect can be submitted on the Fir Lane Memorial Park Funeral Home website: firlane.com.