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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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OC wowed by new Carnegie plans

Oregon City leaders fell in love with architectural renderings to expand the Carnegie Library at its current site.

by: RENDERING COURTESY: CITY OF OREGON CITY - THA Architectures vision for a two-story expansion and renovation of Oregon City's library at the Carnegie Center receives unanimous support from city commissioners and the Library Board.City commissioners overcame their previous political opposition and unanimously designated the Carnegie Center as the site for an expansion last week, seven days after OC’s Library Board unanimously recommended the plan on June 12.

Library Director Maureen Cole said she “knew we could build a really amazing library building here” but recognized several issues, including the loss of park space. Kim Walsh, who lives a couple blocks from the site with her 8-year-old son, asked commissioners to minimize the amount of grass and trees taken up by the addition.

“When we were trying to imagine this as a site, it was very, very difficult to imagine, and that’s one reason I think that everybody just pushed it away for so many years,” Cole said.

Dave Keltner of THA Architecture tried to be “sympathetic” to the historic aspects of the original building with a visually separate modern addition.

“You’re going to be adding a really big building next to a small building, so you want to be careful that what you build around it is scaled appropriately,” Keltner said.

One approach could try to copy the Carnegie Building, “puff it up and spread it around the site,” Keltner joked.

Instead, he attempted to follow federal guidelines that discourage creating a false sense of historic development and recommend differentiating additions from original buildings.

“The key is to be compatible, and that is a big deal,” he said.

Keltner was inspired by contrasts between a civic function and a beautiful rural setting at the library site. He saw the Carnegie building as an expression of early 20th-century civility through Georgian architecture in a classic Oregon wooded landscape.

On the first floor of a possible two-story expansion concept, masonry design could be compatible with the existing library. “Rhythm and scale” of pillars holding a glassy “tree house” second-story reading room could relate with ornamentation on the current facade.

Keltner’s one-story option would require removing more of the one-block park, but he also floated a variation on the one-story concept that would build a green roof.

“Our goal was to show the gamut of options,” he said.

Impressed by the potential alternatives, Mayor Doug Neeley said that the city’s Concerts in the Park series might have to relocate to a larger venue anyway. Neeley and other commissioners talked about how the expansion could not only provide adequate library space, but also revitalize the neighborhood at large.

“This could be a major driving factor on what could happen on the Seventh Street corridor,” Neeley said.

Commissioner Rocky Smith, who was against expanding the Carnegie Library two years ago, now “couldn’t be more excited about it.”

Another previous opponent to the idea, Commissioner Kathy Roth, after suggesting more intensive geological studies, said “it is time to get it done.”

The coming months will include additional studies, a formal design process and other opportunities for public input.