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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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Josie Burdick

Nov. 24, 1924 – May 1, 2013

Josie Burdick died on May 1.

She was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Orchard, Texas, to Elizabeth (Uhyrek) and Rudolph Gallia. Her family moved to a farm in Warren when she was 13.

After she graduated from Scappoose High School, she worked at Willamette Iron and Steel in the payroll office with IBM cards. She also worked for Consolidated Freightways and the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

She married Don Burdick in 1946 and moved to Kelso, Wash., and then to Jennings Lodge, where Don built a house he completed in 1950. They had their hands full with six children.

She loved sewing, crocheting, fishing and gardening, especially flowers. She cared for the flowers at St. John the Apostle Church in Oregon City, where she was member most of her life. She was skilled at bowling and golf, twice getting a hole in one. She remembered everyone's birthday and kept in contact with a great many friends and relatives through letters and phone calls.

Survivors include: daughters, Janet Burdick (Scott Miller), Donna Burdick (Jamie Hansen) and Sharon Burdick (Todd Place); sons, Sat Nam Khalsa and Ed Burdick (Glenna Smith Burdick); nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Mrs. Burdick was preceded in death by: her husband, Don; son, Dan; twin sister, Edie Aspgren; sisters, Claire Cortz and Mary Lawrence; and brother, Clarence Gallia.

A funeral was held on May 6 at St. John the Apostle Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association online or 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311 or 800-342-2383.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Anemone Faith (McDonald) Knittle

June 22, 1928 - April 25, 2013

Anemone Faith (McDonald) Knittle passed away peacefully April 25 at a care center with niece, Maggie, at her side.

She was born June 22, 1928 in Colchester England to William and Emily McDonald. In the fall of 1940, Fay, 12, and brother Bill, 14, sailed across the Atlantic to escape bombings in England, leaving behind everything but each other. Arriving in New York, they boarded a train to Portland, OR to live with the Ferchlands. Upon graduation from Milwaukie High School, Fay was homesick and returned to England.

She met and married Fred Knittle. They had two girls, Jane and Ann, moved back to the US, and later divorced. A single, full-time working woman in the 60’s, she raised her girls and bought her own home. Always independent, she worked at Olson’s 5&10, Dwyer Hospital, retiring from NW Primary Care.

Fay never drove. She walked her dogs in the morning before work, went home at lunch, and walked home in the evening. Treks to the store, appointments and doctor visits, even in her 80’s, were done by foot. She loved feeding the squirrels, birds, and doted on her lucky pets. Retirement was filled with gardening, visits with the “High School” girls, Bunko and annual beach trips with Anne and grandson CJ. Many enjoyed her wonderful baked goods.

Fay is survived by brother Bill McDonald of Milwaukie, daughters Jane Rowell of Portland and Anne Knittle of Boise, 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, and nieces Maggie Sheldon and Christine Larson. A service has been held. Read stories and view pictures at www.Peakefh.com.

Rose Naves Livermore

June 1, 1915 - April 30, 2013

Surrounded by family, Rose Naves Livermore died peacefully in her sleep on April 30, after a short illness. She was 97, and a resident of the Oregon City area since 1957.

She was born and raised in Gloucester, Mass., to parents Mary Mitchell Naves and Anthony Naves. Attending school there with her two brothers and three sisters, she also devoted herself to helping an elderly lady, a family friend. This spurred her interest in nursing and she graduated in 1938 from the nursing school in Beverly, Mass., as a registered nurse.

In 1949 she married Richard Stone Livermore of Ipswich, Mass., and shortly thereafter they moved to the West Coast. She loved nursing and continued that vocation for most of her life. During her early career in the hospitals of the Boston area, she met Gen. George Patton and cared for Franklin D. Roosevelt's son, Elliott, when he was hospitalized. She was specially trained in certain procedures because many of the doctors were called away during World War II. In 1991 she retired at the age of 76 from the Blood Program, Portland Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Her interests were wide-ranging and her energy limitless. She loved family life, cooking, gardening, camping and traveling with the Red Cross Bloodmobile team. She and her husband, Dick, occasionally bought old houses and restored them to beautiful condition before selling them again. She loved painting and decorating old furniture and entering her homemade jams and jellies in the Clackamas County Fair. She worked tirelessly at everything and demonstrated how much can be achieved by kindness, by giving her best and by inspiring others to do the same.

Mrs. Livermore is survived by: her daughter, Joan Livermore, and husband, J. Kirk McNeil of Oregon City; her son, Richard Stone Livermore (Jr.) and wife, Stacy Pell Livermore, of Beavercreek; and two grandsons, Kirk Pell Livermore and Cameron Joseph Livermore.

She was predeceased by: her husband, Richard; and her siblings, Ralph Naves, Anthony Naves, Julia Naves Serpa, Mary Naves Madruga and Virginia Naves DaRosa.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Hillside Chapel in Oregon City. Bring stories of Rose to share or send them to Hillside Chapel. There will be a reception immediately following the service.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

Eugene James Monaco

Dec. 8, 1916 - April 28, 2013

Eugene James Monaco died in Milwaukie on April 28, at the age of 96, with his family by his side.

He was born on Dec. 8, 1916, in Portland. He graduated from Commerce High School, studied at the University of Missouri during World War II and at Portland State University.

He worked for Bonneville Power and served as a procurement officer for many years. He served in France as a purchasing agent, retiring in 1976 as a Major in the Reserves.

He was a member of St. Philip Neri, Our Lady of Sorrows and, more recently at St. John the Baptist Church in Milwaukie. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and served many years with the St. Vincent De Paul Society; he had been council president of the Western Region of St. Vincent De Paul.

He served as a board member of Catholic Charities, Catholic Family Services, the De Paul Center and the St. Vincent De Paul Child Development Center. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby.

He is survived by: wife, Lois; son, Tom; daughter, Anne; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Mr. Monaco was predeceased by his parents; five brothers; two sisters; and wife of 64 years; Helen.

A funeral Mass was held on May 4 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements: Riverview Abbey.

Robert Tod Petrie

March 25, 1952 - April 27, 2013

Robert Tod Petrie passed away at his Milwaukie home on Saturday, April 27, at age 61.

A Milwaukie resident for 33 years, he was best known for his esteemed statistician work at the score table for the Milwaukie High School girls state playoff basketball team in the late ‘90s.

Mr. Petrie is survived by his father, Bruce Petrie; brother, Tom; and children, Hollie and

Jarrett, both graduates of Milwaukie High School.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Petrie (St. Helen); his sister, Nancy; and his brother, Dave.

A celebration of life event was held for his family and friends on Sunday, May 5.

Agnes T Sawyer

December 22, 1916 - April 26, 2013

Agnes T. Sawyer was born on December 22, 1916 in Ord, Nebraska to Frank and Anna (Denemarek) Mares.

She died at her home in Milwaukie, Oregon on April 26, 2013 at the age of 96.

Agnes attended a one room school house in Ord and just out of grade school she moved to Omaha, Nebraska to be a family domestic helper. When she moved back home the dustbowl era had left them with nothing, so the family moved to Scappoose in 1936.

She married Tom Sawyer on August 31, 1946 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose. Shortly after that time they moved to Portland, then on to Astoria for 17 years, back to Portland for 11 years and Milwaukie for the past 32 years.

Agnes worked at a box factory during the war and as a bookkeeper for Montgomery Wards until she retired in 1947 to raise her family.

She was very active in all of the churches they attended. She was a member of the altar society, eucharistic ministry to Royal Marc Nursing Home in Portland and the activities related to the spouse of a Knights of Columbus. Both she and her husband served on the Portland City Council .

Survivors include: Children: Mike Sawyer (Elaine) of Hillsboro; Rose Bucher and Joseph Sawyer both of Milwaukie, Oregon and Len Sawyer of Wasilla, Alaska; 2 Sister-in-laws: Mary Mares and Evelyn Baker both of Scappoose; 13 Grandchildren; 6 Great-Grandchildren.

Viewing & Visitation: 9-5 Wednesday at Columbia Funeral Home.Recitation of the Rosary & Funeral Mass: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church- Scappoose, Oregon

Committal Service & Vault Interment: St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the EWTN Catholic (Eternal Word Television Network) 5817 Old Leeds Rd. Irondale, Alabama 35210 or to Oregon Right to Life 4335 River Rd. N. Salem, OR. 97303

Arrangements made by: Columbia Funeral Home, St Helens.