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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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Nellie Elisabeth Alcorn

Nov. 19, 1913 - April 15, 2013

Nellie Elisabeth Alcorn died on April 15 at age 99.

As a member of Milwaukie Christian Church, she served as choir director, missions chairperson and in many other capacities.

She is survived by: children, Velma Heckman and Ken Alcorn; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on April 27 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, in Milwaukie. In lieu of flowers, send contributions to the Milwaukie Christian Church, Mission Program; or to Serenity Hospice, 6975 S.W. Sandburg St., Suite 190, Portland 97223.

Arland Hugh Christ

Aug. 24, 1971 - April 13, 2013

Troutdale resident Arland Hugh Christ died on April 13, at age 41; the cause of death was congestive heart failure.

He was born on Aug. 24, 1971, in Portland, to parents Arland Howard and Judy Perkins, and attended Gresham High School. He was a member of East Hill Foursquare Church. He married Kathleen Byrne on Aug. 14, 2010.

In addition to his wife and his mother, he is survived by: stepdaughter, Jewlz; stepson, Jaden; and sons, Johnathan, Jordan and Nathan. A memorial service will be held on April 26 at 1 p.m. at 50 N.W. Fifth St., in Gresham.

Arrangements: Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Fremont Ira Greehling

June 15, 1919 - April 12, 2013

Fremont Ira Greehling died on April 12.

After his return from World War II serving in the U. S. Army, he and his wife, Madeline, moved to Oregon City, where he worked for Crown Zellerbach and spent many years as a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

Together they had four children, France Lewis, Lorna Kautzky, Madge Earnshaw and Marvel Serres.  Mr. Greehling enjoyed square dancing and bowling. 

He is survived by: three daughters, Frances, Lorna and Madge; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline, and daughter, Marvel.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 25, at Zion Lutheran Church in Oregon City. 

Priscilla Elizabeth Greene

Dec. 7, 1943 - April 12, 2013

Happy Valley resident Priscilla Elizabeth Greene died on April 12 at age 69; the cause of death was cancer.

She was born on Dec. 7, 1943, in Budapest, Hungary, to parents Dezso and Pitoska Soos.She had been employed as a kindergarten teacher.

She is survived by: husband, Roger Greene; daughter, Elizabeth List; sons, Richard, David and Michael Greene; sisters, Judy and Elizabeth; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on April 20 at Spring Mountain Bible Church in Clackamas.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial.

Theresa Hebrank

Nov. 3, 1929 - April 8, 2013

Theresa Hebrank died on April 8.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1929, in Dishman, Wash. Her family will always remember her beautiful smile, hearty laugh, fiery spirit and most of all, her selfless love.

She is survived by: children, Cecelia, Caroline, Paul, Rodney, Michael, Carla, Francis, Robert, Catherine and Jennifer; 11 grandchildren; and three siblings.

A service was held on April 17 at the Archangel Church.

Walter John Kmetic

September 22, 1942 – April 9, 2013

A FRIEND TO MANY - Walter John Kmetic was born in Oregon City on September 22, 1942 to Mary and Frank Kmetic. He finally lost his battle with glioblastoma on April 9, 2013. He fought valiantly believing that he would be healed soon and back on the farm with family and friends.

As a student at Barclay, Gardiner and Oregon City High School, Walt decided on working at the Fish Commission. After a short time he joined the Army and was stationed in Germany. After being honorably discharged he returned home to Oregon City and started working again at the fish commission which was later changed to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He continued his work as a carpenter building fish ladders and outbuildings all throughout the state until his retirement at the age of 55.

Walt is survived by two brothers Gary and Ken with his wife Lynn and their two daughters Kaili and Kari. He is additionally survived by Kevin, his oldest son, along with wife Angie and their two children Kegan and Kealy. His youngest son Steve with his kids Kendyl and Connor, along with his wife Jackie and her two kids Claire and Grace. All are current residents of God’s country, Oregon City.

Walt loved to work, and mostly for other people. You could always find him doing odd jobs or tasks for friends in the community. He was a member of the Oregon City Elks Lodge and a founding father of Hoagies which later turned into the Icehouse. He really enjoyed sitting with friends and reminiscing about good times and fish that got away. The stories grew each time just as much as the bar tab would.

The family will be holding a memorial service for Walt at the Oregon City Elks Lodge located at 610 McLoughlin Blvd, Oregon City, Oregon, 97045 on April 27, 2013 at 1pm. Following the service attendees can gather at his favorite watering hole at the Icehouse located down the road on Main Street.

In lieu of flowers, please send any remembrances to the American Cancer Society.

Dennis William Stevens

Nov. 21, 1948 – March 14, 2013

Lt. Colonel Dennis William Stevens USAF (Ret.) passed into the hands of the Lord on March 14, 2013, at age 64.

He was born in Portland, Oregon, to Howard and Gloria Stevens. During high school, he was an athlete and a scholar, excelling especially in baseball. He was First Team All State in Baseball and First Team Honorable Mention in Football. At age 16, he received his Eagle Scout and God and Country Awards.

He attended Linfield College on athletic scholarships and graduated with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and later completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He was a pitcher on Linfield’s NAIA National Championship Baseball Team in 1971 and was later inducted into the Linfield Athletic Hall of Fame.

During college, he met and later married Joyce Ann Greene, recently celebrating 40 years together. He entered the Air Force and was stationed at various locales in the Midwest, West Coast, and Pacific, supporting the Vietnam and Persian Gulf eras. He concluded his career at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, after 32 years of service.

He is survived by his mother, Gloria Stevens, sisters Donna Lugibihl and Laurie Davis, brother David Stevens, wife Joyce Stevens, daughter April Zimmermann, son Matt Stevens, and granddaughter Alexa Zimmermann, as well as beloved nephews, nieces and family members across the U.S. and Canada. He was dearly loved and will be fondly remembered. Services were held in San Antonio.

Condolences may be offered online at www.SunsetNWFuneralHome.com. Memorial donations may be made to Village Parkway Baptist Church, San Antonio, TX.

Bruce E. Vermillion

Jan. 21, 1961 - April 10, 2013

Bruce E. Vermillion died on April 10 at age 52; the cause of death was lung cancer.

He was born on Jan. 21, 1961, to parents Darlene Helliwell and Jack Vermillion. He attended Oregon City High School and had been employed as an industrial welder and custom fabricator.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by: brother, Norm, and his wife, Susie Vermillion; daughters, Jamie Ail, Shauna Moys and Christina Vermillion; and grandson, Tyson Moys.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by: grandmother, Velma Smith, and stepfather, Gordon Helliwell.

Memorial contributions may be sent to projectaccessnow.org.

Arrangements: Chapel of the Chimes.