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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 are rebuilding


Clackamas has only two seniors in this years varsity lineup

by: JOHN DENNY - Clackamas wrestlers (from left) Kyle Anderegg, Austin Davis and Tyler Godfrey aim to prove themselves among the best in the state in 2013.A year ago, a senior-dominated Clackamas High wrestling team knocked off Class 6A wrestling power Oregon City for the second year in a row in a Three Rivers League dual meet, and the Cavaliers went on to finish in front of Oregon City at the regional tournament.

This year, the Cavaliers have a youthful lineup, and it’s highly unlikely they’ll be the team that they were last year. Still, Clackamas coach Jayson Wullbrandt believes he’s got some wrestlers who can make an impact at the Three Rivers League/Mt. Hood Conference Regional and at state.

“We graduated 13 seniors, which is the most we’ve had in a long time,” Wullbrandt said. “So our numbers are down, and we’re young. We have five or six kids who are really tough, and how we do in duals will depend on how the new kids answer the challenge....

“Our emphasis at regionals will be to qualify as many kids to state as we can. On paper I’d say we’ve got seven or eight kids that could qualify.”

Wullbrandt says his varsity lineup for this Thursday’s TRL dual opener with Lake Oswego will likely include only two seniors — Sam Riley (145) and Tyler Godfrey (182). Rounding out the varsity lineup will be six juniors, five sophomores and a freshman.

The top prospects returning from last year are Godfrey (182) and sophomores Austin Davis (170) and Kyle Anderegg (195).

Godfrey placed second to Canby senior Jacob McKinnon at 182 at the regional championships last year and qualified for the state tournament; Anderegg placed fifth at regionals at 195, coming within a match of advancing to state.

Davis placed sixth at regionals at 170 last year and is the only returning regional placer at that weight. He’s been having some health issues, but Wullbrandt says he expects big things from Davis, if he can get healthy.

Godfrey, Anderegg and Davis have ambitious goals.

“My goals are to win district and place at state,” Godfrey said.

“I got a late start and missed most of last year because of an injury from a car accident,” Anderegg said. “I’m healthy now, and my goal is to win state.”

“Right now I’m only allowed to do conditioning,” Davis said. “I hope I get cleared to wrestle. Before [the health issue], my goals were to place top-two at district and place at state.”

Wullbrandt says that he’s got five wrestlers besides Godfrey, Davis and Anderegg who have the potential to advance to the state tournament: juniors Brad Pfeifer (160) and Cole Johnson (285), and sophomores Will Greer (106), Austin Brittle (113) and Johnny Nguyen (120).

Pfeifer, Johnson, Brittle and Nguyen all saw varsity action last year, as did junior Dane Maben (132).

Rounding out this year’s varsity lineup are: juniors Travis Whitaker (126) and Matt Miller (138), sophomore Grant Gage (152), and freshman Zach Jett (220).

Several Clackamas wrestlers have had success in preseason. Anderegg, Godfrey and Johnson placed second, third and sixth respectively at the Adrian Irwin Invitational, held Dec. 14-15 in Bend.

Anderegg and Brittle placed fourth and sixth respectively at the 33-team Coast Classic.

Greer, Pfeifer and Anderegg went 2-0 in a double-dual with Barlow and Centennial on Dec. 12. The Cavaliers lost to Centennial 45-27 and to Barlow 54-17.

Greer, Brittle, Nguyen, Whitaker, Pfeifer and Anderegg went 2-0 in a Dec. 5 double-dual with Reynolds and Gresham. The Cavaliers defeated Reynolds 57-18 and lost to Gresham 48-35.

Godfrey had only one loss — to a defending state placer from Cleveland — through competition heading into the Christmas break.

Clackamas had four wrestlers ranked among the best in the state in the mid-December Oregon Grappler rankings: Godfrey, fourth; Anderegg, fifth; Greer, sixth; and Brittle, eighth.