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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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Frank Milton Dionne

Aug. 30, 1941- April 10, 2013

Frank Milton Dionne passed away at home in Molalla on April 10, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Aug. 30, 1941, in Belcourt, N. D.

He is survived by: his wife, Penny; daughter, Debbie Cannon; son, Duane Dionne; sisters, Theresa Ball and Darlene Johnson; and grandchildren, Kiki Dohman and Jabin and Jarren Dionne.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Hillside Chapel in Oregon City. Visit hillsidechapelfh.com for more information and to leave a memory of Frank for the family.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

Susan Marie Harding

February 2, 1952 - April 6, 2013

Surrounded by the love of her family, longtime Portland resident, Susan Marie Harding died peacefully on April 6, 2013. She was 61.

Susan was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, to parents Jack and Marie Churchill, and is survived by her two brothers, Mike and Pat Churchill. She spent her career working for Norel Forest Products and North Pacific Lumber, and then spent the last 19 years working for the State of Oregon Public Health Division.

She married Patrick Harding in 1979, and together they enjoyed early pre-family days water skiing and taking in everything the outdoors could offer.

Two daughters, Megan and Lindsey Harding, and stepson, Troy Harding, survive her, as well as her beloved grandchildren, Ashlin, Sean, Nick, Andraya and step-grandchildren, Adrienne and Tanner.

Susan loved the simple pleasures of life including reading and gardening, but especially loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren. She could often be found shopping with the girls or spending fun social hours with friends and family.

A celebration of life will be held on April 21, 2013, 2-4 p.m at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive in Milwaukie, Oregon.

John Joy

December 17, 1929 – March 23, 2013

Milwaukie resident John Joy died on March 23, at age 83.

He was born on Dec. 17, 1929, in Emmett, Idaho, to parents Frank and Alta Joy. He was raised in Emmett, attending Emmett High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 11, 1948, and was discharged on Feb. 28, 1971. He served during the Korean and Vietnam wars, but not in-country.

He had been employed as an office manager, retiring in 1994.

He married Helen Joy on Dec. 25, 1952.

Mr. Joy is survived by: daughter, Judy Fast; son, Jack Joy; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

His parents preceded him in death.

A memorial service was held on April 13 at Willamette View Manor – Terrace Auditorium.

Arrangements: Cascadia Cremation & Burial Services.

Betty J. Kleinmark

Dec. 19, 1923 - March 26, 2013

Former Milwaukie resident Betty J. Kleinmark died on March 26, in Tuba City, Ariz., at age 89.

She was born on Dec. 19, 1923, in Salt Lake City, to Deborah and Corneilus Dalabout. She was a school teacher, before she retired in 1984 and moved to Troutdale.

She was also known for packing lunches, which she claimed was her hobby, for her daughters that were so large they shared them with their co-workers.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and tutored children in the community until 2005.

She is survived by: daughters, Barbara Cole and Kate Kleinmark Schneider; son, Rick Kleinmark; sister, Dorothy Daily; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: husband, Richard T. Kleinmark; brother, Casey Dalabaout; and sisters, Gertrude Nesbit and Janet Dalabaout.

A service was held on April 11 at Willamette National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to: Haiti Foundation of Hope, P.O. Box 61941, Vancouver, Wash., 98666, and/or Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, Ark., 72202.

Cynthia Leatherberry

April 3, 1953 - March 26, 2013

Cindy Leatherberry of West Linn died at her home on March 26 at the age of 59 with family present. She had bravely fought cancer and will be missed by a multitude of family and friends.

She was born April 3, 1953, in Portland, to Henry and Lois Clemo. Growing up she attended Jason Lee Elementary School, and Madison and Cleveland high schools.

She met the love of her lifeJoseph “Joel,” in 1974 and was later married at the Agnes Flanagan Chapel at Lewis and Clark College in 1976. She worked at Niedermeyer Martin Company for over 20 years. While her children were enrolled in the West Linn School District, she worked at Bolton Elementary School and later Rosemont Ridge Middle School.

She was involved with Portland Volleyball Club in various roles, most recently as parent coordinator and board member. She enjoyed spending time and entertaining family and friends at their beach house in Gearhart. She also loved to travel, especially to Maui.

She is also survived by daughters Kimberly Leatherberry, Kelly Bay, Kendall Steffens (Jeff); father, Henry Clemo; mother, Lois Barber (Alf); sisters, Sherri Peterson, Kathy Schoenkopf (Greg), Teresa Barber; brothers, Randy Clemo, Alf Barber, Scott Clemo, Robert Clemo; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her constant companion “Lexi.”

The Leatherberry family prefers that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cindy (Clemo) Leatherberry Volleyball Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o CEL VMS Fund, PMB 232, 19363 Willamette Drive, West Linn OR 97068.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. at The Oregon Golf Club, 25700 S.W. Pete’s Mountain Road, West Linn.

Myrle L. Lewis 

Dec. 25, 1925 -April 8, 2013 

Myrle L. Lewis died on April 8, at age 87. 

She was born on Dec. 25, 1925, in the Oregon City area to parents Wesley and Gertrude Brockart, and lived her whole life in the Oregon City/West Linn area. 

She married Neal R. Lewis on Jan. 14, 1945. She was mostly a homemaker and mother of four children. 

Mrs. Lewis is survived by: her four children, Marilyn Freimuth, Marlene Lewis, Wallace Lewis and Patty Kalafate; grandchildren, Earl Freimuth, Marlene Duval, Steven Davis, Michelle Hazard, Nicole Gornick, Holly Holloway, Gregory Abel, Amber Abel and Vanessa Fatheree; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grand-children.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Neal R. Lewis; her parents, Wesley Brockart and Gertrude Oliver; and stepfather, Victor Oliver. 

A funeral took place on April 15.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins Funeral Home in Oregon City.

Wilma Jane Oatman

April 12, 1933 – April 6, 2013

Wilma Jane Oatman of Sierra Vista, Ariz. died at home on April 6 with family at her side. She was 79. The cause of death was complications of pneumonia and heart failure.

Wilma, who preferred to be called Mique by all who knew her, had moved from Oregon to Sierra Vista in 2001. Mique and her husband Bill spent most of their married life in the Northwest, bringing up their children on a farm in Clackamas.

Mique was born in Maxwell, New Mexico on April 12, 1933. She was eight years old when adopted by Blanch Slack and grew up under her new mother’s care in Colorado. She attended school in Wheat Ridge. After graduation, Mique worked as a file clerk, did housekeeping, and continued to develop her talents as an artist and a writer. She found beauty in everything, and her kind-hearted, generous ways attracted many to her.

Mique first met Bill when she accompanied her friend on a visit to another friend’s house. Bill had been working on his convertible and noticed Mique’s trim figure from under the car. He decided to come out to see the girl whose legs caught his attention. When he fell upon the gaze of her beautiful blue eyes, he was smitten and asked his friend to arrange a blind date. Mique and Bill found love and were married in 1951.

After their wedding, she and Bill stayed in Colorado for a time, living in Lakewood, Englewood, and Denver. They also started a family.

At home one day, Mique was visited by one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was intrigued by what she heard and accepted a Bible study. Mique was delighted to learn that God has a name, and Psalm 83:18 became one of her favorite scriptures. Her study of the scriptures convinced her of the benefits of applying Bible principles in daily life and became the basis of her hope, a wonderful future by means of God’s kingdom. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1962.

As parents of a growing family, Mique and Bill were resourceful and determined in providing for their children, assisting family members and neighbors along the way. Eventually the family settled in Oregon, moving first to Portland, then to Gladstone, then to the Clackamas farm.

Throughout the years, Mique wrote about her life and raising her family. She continued her artwork and painting. Her lovely voice could be heard whenever she felt like singing, often with Bill at family gatherings and around campfires. Together they journeyed in their RV across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Most of all, Mique’s faith was her life, and her hope, a treasure. She shared what she cherished with so many, extending herself in her ministry as much as her circumstances permitted. She felt blessed to have helped others come to learn and appreciate God’s word.

She is survived by her husband William (Bill) Oatman; her seven children, Rebecca Williams of Oregon City, Michael Oatman of Denver, Colo., Tanya J. Oatman of Cascade Locks, Susan Ash of Milwaukee, Lisa Kitz of Gladstone, Victoria Miller of Clackamas, and Virginia Talbot of Vancouver, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; a sister, Pat Cooper of Benson, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Helen Tipton of Benson, Ariz., and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Oatman of Benson, Ariz.; and their families.

Her adopted mother Blanch Slack predeceased her.

A memorial service was held on April 14 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sierra Vista, Ariz.


Anita Clair Ostrander

May 25, 1935 - March 29, 2013

Anita Clair Ostrander died on March 29, in Oregon City.

She was born on May 25, 1935, in Helena, Mont., the daughter of Aaron and Florence King.

She married Leonard Roy Ostrander on July 4, 1953. They had two children: Steven Leonard and Joanna Marie.

She loved the beach, fishing, black powder shoots and her church; she brought up her two children and three grandkids to believe in and depend on the Lord.

She is survived by her two children, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at Evergreen Community Church, 16940 S. Beckman Road, Oregon City, by Steve Rief, pastor; bring or send your stories of Anita to share.

The family has asked that donations be given to the church in lieu of flowers.

There will be a reception immediately following the services.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.