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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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Cavs hold their own with No. 8 Wolves


Also: Pioneers come up short in a first-round playoff game with Thurston

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon City sophomore quarterback Austin Whitton (12) is pressured by Thurston 210-pound linebacker Kyle Watson (10) in Friday nights 30-28 loss to the Colts.The Clackamas Cavaliers on Friday made a game of it with eighth-ranked Tualatin in a first-round game of the Class 6A high school football playoffs, thanks to four Timberwolf turnovers.

Clackamas defensive lineman Jon Kenion pounced on a Tualatin fumble in the end zone early in the second quarter for a 7-0 Cavalier lead. And it wasn’t until the Wolves scored on Brandon Shroyer’s 46-yard pass to Nick Hines in closing seconds of the first half that Tualatin gained its first lead, at 13-7.

It was still a 25-20 game when Tualatin senior Andrew Schlottmann broke loose for a 77-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

Clackamas running back Dan Sherrell capped off a successful junior year, rushing 39 times for a 138 yards. Clackamas junior quarterback Doonie Johnson completed 19-of-47 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Brody Haehlen made seven catches for 75 yards, with a 35-yard reception for a touchdown that trimmed Tualatin’s lead to 19-14 in the third quarter.

Seniors Kenion and Ryan Gilbert, and junior Dalon Hudson recovered Tualatin fumbles, and Cavalier junior Kyle Anderegg had an interception.

Clackamas junior linebacker Zach Farnes was also tough on defense, with nine solo tackles and two assists.

Tualatin finished up with a 421- to 346-yard edge in offense on the night.

Schlottmann, a 6-1, 210-pound senior, led the Timberwolf ground attack with 13 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Shroyer rushed six times for 96 yards and a touchdown, and the 6-1, 195-pound junior completed 8-of-19 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Clackamas finished the season with an overall record of 5-6. Tualatin (9-1), whose only loss this season was at the hands of seventh-ranked Tigard, hosts ninth-ranked Sprague (9-1) in this Friday’s second round.

OC Pioneers

bite the bullet

Oregon City dropped a 30-28 heartbreaker to 17th-ranked Thurston in its Friday night first-round playoff game.

The Pioneers shot themselves in the foot, making things easy for the visiting Colts with untimely turnovers.

The Pioneers staged a defensive stand, halting a Thurston drive inside the Oregon City 10 on the Colts’ first possession of the game.

But just two plays later, Thurston lineman Wade Perry picked up a fumbled exchange and skipped to the end zone for a 6-0 Colt lead.

Before the first quarter was out, Thurston linebacker Roy Jackson picked off a pass at the Oregon City 37. Two plays later, Jackson took the ball in from the Pioneer 18, upping the gap to 12-0.

Oregon City got on board two minutes into the second period when sophomore quarterback Austin Whitton, filling in for injured quarterback Daniel Slack (knee injury), capped off 12-play, 66-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Nick Martin.

The Colts were quick to answer, marching 67 yards in eight plays on their next possession. Aaron Downes’ one-yard touchdown dash upped the Colt advantage to 18-7.

But there was no quit in the Pioneers, and Whitton hooked up with Matt Oades for a 17-yard touchdown pass just before the intermission.

The Pioneers went ahead briefly, at 21-18, in the third quarter, when the Pioneers took the second-half kickoff and scored in nine plays. Pioneer running back Mitch Thompson did the honors from the 5.

Thurston answered, marching 75 yards in 10 plays, with Downes scoring from the 5.

The Colts sealed the deal early in the fourth quarter. Thurston defensive back Raymond Gibeau picked off a pass at the Thurston 26. And 13 plays later, senior quarterback Cory Weick scored from the 7, making it 30-21 Thurston with 4:17 to play.

Martin gained the Pioneers renewed hope when he returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to the end zone for an Oregon City touchdown. But that was the Pioneers’ last hurrah, because the Colts maintained possession, earning four first downs, inside the final horn.

The Pioneers struggled to slow Thurston’s offense all night and the Colts finished with a 436- to 191-yard advantage in total offense.

Downes, a 6-0, 215-pound senior, rushed for 107 yards on 25 carries, and he hauled in three passes for 54 yards; Weick rushed 14 times for 100 yards, and he completed 16-of-24 passes for 181 yards.

Thompson rushed 29 times for 119 yards, but he was the only Pioneer who had much success on offense.

Oregon City finished up with a 5-5 record. The win advanced the Colts to a second-round game at top-ranked Jesuit.