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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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Glad gals eye a repeat title


They turn a few heads with some monster early-season marks at Clackamas

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Two-time defending state champion DONNA ROBINSONGladstone High School coeds, who a year ago captured the state championship in girls track and field, last week put the rest of the state on notice that they are going to be a force to contend with again in 2013.

Competing against 6A teams from Clackamas and Centennial in a season-opening non-scored meet at Clackamas, the defending Class 4A champs more than held their own, winning eight events and setting state’s best marks for the week in multiple events.

Gladstone senior D’onna Robinson, who signed recently with NCAA Division I-FCS Eastern Washington, headed up the effort. Competing on a sprained ankle, she won the girls shot put with an effort of 39-6 and the discus with an effort of 125-2. Both marks were state’s bests for last week for all classifications, Class 1A through 6A.

Robinson’s mark in the shot put was not far back of her career-best mark of 40-10.

“D’onna sprained her ankle a week ago,” said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. “So it was a standing throw in the discus. She didn’t spin. And in the shot put, it was only a partial glide.”

The Gladiators were impressive in the horizontal jumps.

Gladstone senior Madison Cronin (16-10-3/4), Gladstone freshman Tieara Norman (15-4) and Gladiator junior Kendall Schumaker (15-2-1/4) went one-three-four at Clackamas in the girls long jump; and Schumaker (33-3-1/4) and Cronin (32-4) went one-two in the triple jump.

Cronin’s mark in the long jump ranks her No. 1 in the state in Class 4A in that event; Schumaker’s mark in the triple jump ranks her No. 1 in 4A in that event.

Other Gladstone winners included: junior Kelsey Hathaway (1:02.23) in the 400; senior Madison Wease in the 1,500 and 3,000; and the team of Mikaela Simac, Hathaway, Cronin and Taylor Plunkett in the sprint relay (51.03).

The time in the relay was a state’s best for Class 4A.

“The relay was awesome,” Kintz said. “They were a second faster than they were in the first meet of the season last year.”

The same four girls went on to place fourth at state in the 4x100-meter relay last year with a 50.07 clocking at state.

The Gladiators also got a Class 4A state’s best from Norman (17.07) in the high hurdles, where she finished not far back of Centennial senior Courtney Atteberry (16:49).

“Tieara could become really good in the hurdles,” Kintz said. “It was the first time she’d run them and she three-stepped every hurdle. If she gets her form down she could be in the 15’s by the end of the season....

“[In the long jump], she had a 17-foot jump, where she barely scratched.”

“If we can get everyone to state and stay healthy, we’ve got a really good chance [of winning state again],” Kintz said. “We’re only missing six points [from athletes lost to graduation from last year’s state-meet team], and we won it by 10....

“Molalla placed second [at state] last year, and they’ll be after us. But I think that with our depth in the field events and sprints, we’ve got an excellent chance of winning league, both at district and in dual meets.”

Gladstone girls have already had some issues with injuries. Gladstone veteran pole vaulter McKenna Streed has been out with a stress fracture. Streed cleared 11-3 and won state last year as a freshman, and Kintz says she cleared 11-6 during the past indoor season.

“We’ve got some kids out injured, Kintz said. “Fortunately none of our injuries are season-ending. Hopefully McKenna will be back ready to compete in another two to three weeks....”

Next meet for Gladstone is a home meet this afternoon with Milwaukie and Banks.

Gladstone boys got some strong performances from their sprinters and jumpers last week at Clackamas.

Gladstone senior Dakota Hollingsworth (11.53) and Gladiator sophomore Eric Prom (11.61) went one-two in the 100; Gladstone senior Tyler Bitter (23.69) and Hollingsworth (24.16) went one-two in the 200; and Gladstone sophomore Armand Jayne (54.39) earned runner-up honors in the 400.

And the Gladiator team of Prom, Jordan Hernandez, Bitter and Hollingsworth won the boys 4x100-meter relay (45.80), finishing just ahead of Clackamas (46.08).

Gladstone senior Michael Stoutt held his own in the horizontal jumps, earning second place in both the long jump (19-4-3/4) and triple jump (39-3-1/2).

“We’re young and inexperienced,” said Gladstone boys coach Greg Hess. “But we’ve got good numbers. We’ve got 45 boys out, including 15 freshmen and seven sophomores who are out for the first time. When they figure out what they’re doing, we could be pretty good.”