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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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Two-headed monster leads Cavs to victory


Clackamas amasses 612 yards in offense in a 49-28 state play-in win over North Medford

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Ryan Gilbert (left) and Jacob Iverson (5) celebrate a touchdown in Friday nights 49-28 state play-in win over North Medford.The Clackamas Cavaliers gave home fans a lot to cheer about Friday night, as they put seven touchdowns on the scoreboard in a 49-28 win over North Medford in a play-in game of the Class 6A state high school football playoffs.

The Cavaliers were clearly the dominant team. They piled up 612 yards in total offense and they earned 27 first downs, while holding their opponents to 347 yards and just 9 first downs. And the outcome would have been a lot more one-sided except for 110 yards in penalties and three Cavalier turnovers.

The Black Tornado didn’t have an answer for Clackamas 5-8, 165-pound junior running back Dan Sherrell, who rushed 31 times for 302 yards and two touchdowns.

But Sherrell didn’t do it alone. Clackamas junior quarterback Doonie Johnson completed 14-of-20 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns, and Cavalier 5-10, 185-pound junior running back Dalon Hudson picked up 118 yards and two touchdowns in 18 trips with the pigskin.

“People forget about Dalon,” said Clackamas senior Jacob Iverson. “He’s one of the best backs in the Three Rivers League. He’s got power and speed. When Dan [Sherrell] comes out, we don’t lose anything. It’s like we’ve got a two-headed monster in the backfield.”

The Cavaliers started the North Medford game like a house afire, scoring on their first two possessions.

Johnson hit a streaking Ryan Gilbert on the goal line for a 13-yard touchdown pass play for the first score on the Cavaliers’ fourth play from scrimmage.

Clackamas senior lineman Jon Kenion got the ball back a short time later on a fumble recovery at the North Medford 41. And seven plays later Hudson skipped into the end zone from one yard out to make it 14-0 Clackamas.

The Black Tornado then showed some life. Taking possession at the Clackamas 40 after a shotgun snap soared over Johnson’s head, North Medford marched the 40 yards in five plays. Senior quarterback Jordan Towe hooked up with 5-11, 215-pound senior running back Evan Hisey on a 24-yard pass for the score.

Later in the second quarter, the Black Tornado halted a Clackamas drive with an interception at the North Medford one-yard line. Four plays later, Hisey raced 86 yards to Clackamas’ end zone to cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 14-13, and it appeared that North Medford might make it a game.

But the Cavaliers had other plans. They cut down on their mistakes and dominated the play through most of the remainder of the game.

Johnson found Brady Haehlen open in the middle of the end zone from six yards out to cap off an 11-play, 80-yard drive that gained Clackamas a 21-13 lead heading into halftime.

The Cavaliers marched 80 yards again, this time in nine plays, on their first possession of the second half, with Sherrell scoring from the one, for a 28-13 Cavalier advantage.

Following a North Medford punt into the end zone, Sherrell sprinted 80 yards to up the gap to 35-13 with 6:41 remaining in the third stanza.

Hudson capped off a 12-play, 65-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown rush early in the fourth quarter to make it 42-20 Clackamas.

Gilbert rounded out the Cavaliers’ scoring, hauling in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to make it 49-20 Clackamas near the midpoint of the final period.

“The way we came out at the start of the game was not very ideal,” said Clackamas senior co-captain Jon Kenion. “But a win’s a win. I’ll take it....”

Kenion added, “If we want to have a chance to win in the first round, we’re going to have to play better than we did in the first half of this game. We’re going to have to play like we did in the second half of the Canby game. If we do that, if we play like we did against Canby for a complete game, I think we can be successful in the playoffs.”

“This win means a lot,” said Clackamas senior co-captain Erick Douglas III. “We had a good week of practice. We worked hard. We wanted to win for our community and for our brothers and our coaches. It could be our last game at home, and we came together and played together and got a win.”

“At halftime our coaches said we have talent, we just need to play together and cut down on the mistakes,” Iverson said. “We came out in the second half and did that.”

With the win over the Black Tornado, the Cavaliers (5-5) advanced to a first round state playoff game with eighth-ranked Tualatin, scheduled Friday, at Tualatin. The Timberwolves sport an 8-1 record, their only loss in an Oct. 5 game with seventh-ranked Tigard.