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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWith all the styles, colors, and options available, selecting the right window treatments can seem overwhelming. That’s why we have four tips to help you choose the perfect window coverings for your new place.

Don’t start with the cost: With custom window coverings, there is always a range of pricing that is influenced by add-on features, luxury finishes, and fabric styles. Chances are that no style of window covering is unattainable, even on a budget.

Determine what your windows need to do: Is you major concern blocking sunlight or preserving a captivating view? Is energy efficiency an important issue for you? Do you need a child-safe, cordless covering? Answering questions such as these can help point you in the direction of the right window covering type.

Define your decorating styles: Are your furnishings traditional, contemporary, or a combination of styles? Are your rooms neutral and calming or colorful and energizing? Do you prefer vibrant prints and geometrics or solid colors in intriguing textures? Define your style, and you’ll begin to see it shine through in your new home.

Give us a call!: With Budget Blinds you get a free, in-home consultation with a Style Consultant who can help translate your needs, style preferences, and budget into beautiful window coverings. You can see how samples of treatments, colors, fabrics, and finishes coordinate with your wall colors and furniture, taking the guesswork out of dressing your windows. Call us at 503-590-4333 to set up your in-home consultation.

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonFor those suffering from dementia, home can come with a lot of “no” answers, all with good reasons from the family’s point of view. “No, honey, you can’t go out there alone.” “No, that’s not safe.” ”No, you can’t use that/do that/ go there!” People with memory issues may feel limited in their own home.

“They may feel like people are always whispering about them behind their back,” says Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson. This can be frustrating from the senior’s point of view and certainly add to the paranoia and restlessness, since emotions are still intact.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care is being created to give all “yes” answers through the building design and staff training. Sunnyside Meadows provides a safe, non-restricted environment. The four neighborhoods have been thoughtfully designed for dementia and encourage residents to keep their minds and bodies active.

Every area presents a “Yes, go there, play there, wander there, and enjoy!” Stations are set up with interactive, hands-on life experience reminders, such as baseball cards, pipe fitting pieces, hats and necklaces, puzzles, games, an office or an art project.

Residents feel capable and purposeful when they participate and succeed in activities. Each aspect of the day has been centered on their well-being from the smell of freshly baked bread, to freedom to walk the many patios.

Models are now open for touring and seeing the “Yes”! Call Marie Nicholson at 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your tour.

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SUNNYSIDE MEADOWS MEMORY CARE - Marie NicholsonHappy Valley will be welcoming a new memory care community, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care, as the doors open this fall. Sunnyside Meadows invites the community to come “feel the warmth” and tour as models are open now!

Led by Administrator Pepsi LaCamp, an experienced and respected industry insider, and Community Outreach Director Marie Nicholson, each 14-18 resident neighborhood at Sunnyside Meadows is named after an Oregon river. Featuring both private and companion apartments, each neighborhood supports interactive life stations, individualized activity programs, and a specialized environment for memory loss.

Not a corporate conglomerate, but a family-owned, local business, Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care features a unique dementia neighborhood. The serene setting provides intimate areas for family visits and enclosed courtyards with safe walking paths.

Specially selected staff will be supervised by a full-time R.N. and L.P.N. resident care coordinator. The care team’s goal will be to meet the spoken and unspoken needs of residents with a can-do, positive spirit.  Call Marie Nicholson to tour 503-798-1341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieWhen it comes to your home’s safety, you can never be too careful. We’ve already discussed some of the stylish and creative cordless window fashions for your home that are ideal when living with children and pets. Whether it’s the classic look of shutters, the versatility of shades, or any other cordless window covering, there are a number of great window treatments available that make your home a safer place.

If you’re still living with cords, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure a safe environment for you and your loved ones:

  • Move cribs, beds, or other furniture that children can climb on away from windows.
  • Keep all cords as short as possible and out of a child’s reach.
  • Be sure continuous-loop cords are firmly secured to the wall or floor to prevent a child or pet from becoming entangled.
  • Spring-assisted clutches can be installed to raise and lower window coverings, replacing cords.
  • Break-away tassels are designed to break apart under minimal stress to prevent entanglement.
  • Cord stops restrict how far internal ladder cords can be pulled from a blind or shade, eliminating the possibility of a loop big enough to fit over a child’s head.
  • Cord cleats safely secure cords up and away from a child’s reach.
  • Let Budget Blinds translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home. For a free, in-home consultation, call us at 503-590-4333 today!

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    BUDGET BLINDS - Craig and JodieStatistics show that an average of one serious injury or fatality occurs each month from blind cord strangulation, both of which are highly avoidable. Cordless window treatments can help make your home a safer place for family and pets. These coverings offer both stylish fashions as well as elimination of cords, allowing you to design as creatively as you would like to.

    Wood, faux wood, composite, and honeycomb blinds are just a few of the options that can be made cordless, either through motorization or through wand-controlled operation of louvers, both of which eliminate dangerous, dangling cords.

    Shades are the most versatile window treatment, offering a wide variety of styles, color options, fabrics and material choices. Best of all, shades can be cordless or motorized making them ideal window coverings for those with children and/or pets in their homes and/or businesses.

    Another option to consider are shutters. Shutters are an incredible window treatment offering clean, crisp lines that complement all décor styles. Shutters are great for arched, rounded, and other unique window shapes that can be a challenge to address. All shutters are custom made from both premium wood and composite materials and they are always cordless.

    If you are ready to make your home safer for those you love, call us at 503-590-4333 for a free, in-home consultation. We can translate your safety concerns and style preferences into beautiful custom window coverings for your home.

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    Brought to you by John Sciarra - Bernard's Garage - AUTO REPAIR INSIDER -


    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John Sciarra Before you hit the open road this summer, run through the Bernard’s Garage Road Trip Checklist to lower your chances of getting sidelined by vehicle troubles.

    Check your tires: Are your tires at the correct pressure? How much tread do your tires have left? How even is the tire wear? Tires are the most common component of vehicles to fail, so make sure yours are in good condition

    Make a road trip playlist: There’s nothing worse than the static of a radio with no service, so burn a CD or create an mp3 playlist with your favorite jams to keep the good times rolling.

    Check your different engine fluids: If your transmission fluid isn’t pinkish and almost clear, have it drained and changed out. Check to make sure you have the proper amount of coolant in your cooling system. And change out the oil and air filter in your engine. The improved fuel economy alone is reason enough.

    Bring some good snacks: There’s nothing worse than a car full of hungry people yelling at each other. Grab a couple of bottles of water per person, and have foods like trail mix, granola bars, bananas, and jerky handy for when hunger strikes

    Stop by Bernard’s Garage: At Bernard’s Garage, vehicle safety is our number one concern. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can help ensure your vehicle is running smoothly before your trip. Give us a call, check out the website, or stop by today!

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    BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's here and 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, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s 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 peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

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    John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageWhat’s less fun than getting stuck in a nasty traffic jam? Getting cooked in your car on a hot day.

    Summer's right around the corner and 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, the system may need to be recharged. Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as Freon. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

    Working on a vehicle’s 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 peripheral components at the same time.

    Bernard’s, which has been in business since 1925, services our clients’ foreign, domestic, hybrid and electric cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. We offer free pickup and delivery for our customers’ convenience.

    Plan ahead and stay cool this season!

    Bernard’s Garage

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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.

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    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

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    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.

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    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.

    503-353-7627

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    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.

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    Putnam youthful Junior Americans excel in postseason

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    Youth was no handicap for Rex Putnam’s Junior American baseball team this summer.

    by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - There was no 11- and 12-year-old Junior American baseball team better than Putnam in 2013. The Kingsmen proved that to be the case July 12-14, when they won first place at the county championship tournament. Pictured with their championship hardware are: (first row, from left) K.J. Ruffo, Perry Collman, Nick Geertsen, John Foglio and Oscar Quick; (second row) Gavin Lund, John Irish, Korbyn Amundson, Rob Collman, Derek Douangphrachanh and Hayden Wilson; and (back) coach Mark Collman, coach Bruce Wilson, Dakota Reber, coach Jason Reber and head coach Mike Geertsen.The Kingsmen sported one of the younger Junior American teams in the state, but they still finished as state runners-up, after winning first place in Clackamas County.

    Only three players on the team will have to move up to the Senior Division for 13- and 14-year-olds next summer. Nine are expected to return to play at the 11- and 12-year-old Junior level.

    Still, Putnam coach Mike Geertsen insists he is not at all surprised with this summer’s success.

    “I felt going in [to the state tournament] we had a real good shot [at playing for the state championship],” Geertsen said. “Our overall fundamentals were sound. Our pitching and defense were solid. We didn’t make a lot of errors, our pitchers didn’t walk a lot of people, we hit the ball and we were aggressive on the bases.

    “And it didn’t hurt that we had two really outstanding catchers in K.J. Ruffo and Hayden Wilson. People didn’t steal on us. They threw a lot of guys out and they did a good job keeping guys on first base.”

    The state runner-up finish was no accident. The athletes on Geertsen’s team played together in fall ball last fall. They took a short break the first of November, and many of the players were back at it, practicing one night a week the week before Thanksgiving.

    The Kingsmen went 3-2 at the double elimination Junior American State Championship Tournament, their only losses both to a Banks team, which sported a lineup dominated by 12-year-olds. It was a Banks team that went undefeated through the entire summer.

    “They were beating people with scores like 20-0 in their league and there was talk of moving them up to Junior Federal, but it didn’t happen,” Geertsen said of the Banks Braves. “They were an older team. It’s my understanding their entire team will have to move up to play Senior ball next year.”

    Still the Kingsmen gave the Braves perhaps their toughest game of the season, losing a 9-8 barnburner in their final game of the state tournament.

    “We had a guy on base and the winning run at the plate when the game ended,” Geertsen said.

    The Kingsmen outhit the Braves 9-8 in the final, and they played error-free defense. But it took them awhile to get going. They trailed 9-0 heading into the last inning, when they rattled their bats for seven hits and scored all eight of their runs.

    “We had runners on base in five of the six innings,” Geertsen said. “But we were hitting the ball right at people, and couldn’t get them around.”

    Led by Gavin Lund (2-for-3) eight different Putnam players made contact for hits in the final with Banks. Lund, Derek Douangphrachanh, Rob Collman, Oscar Quick, John Foglio, Dakota Reber and Hayden Wilson all connected for hits in sixth-inning, eight-run rally. Wilson had a three-run triple in the big inning and Foglio belted a run-scoring double.

    The Kingsmen had another close game in their state-tournament opener, a 4-3 win over Washougal, Wash.

    Wilson played a huge role in that win, striking out 12, walking four and yielding only four hits and two earned runs in a complete-game victory.

    Wilson also starred at the plate, going 2-for-2 and scoring the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning. Wilson singled, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a base hit by Reber.

    The Kingsmen stretched their advantage to 4-0 in the second frame, scoring three times on a base hit by K.J. Ruffo, a walk, an error, stolen bases, and a two-run single by Douangphrachanh (2-for-2).

    The Kingsmen had eight hits and committed just one error in the hard-fought win.

    Estacada Rangers bite the bullet

    Next up was Estacada, a team that Putnam had finished back of in county league play. The Kingsmen were all business, and they dispatched with their rivals, 8-1.

    They put Estacada away in the fourth frame, stretching a 3-0 advantage to 8-0. Reber had a pivotal two-run single in the big inning; Perry Collman (2-for-3) also had a big hit, a run-scoring single.

    Reber was sharp in five innings on the mound, striking out seven and walking two in a two-hitter. Nick Geertsen made it three-up and thee-down in an inning of relief.

    The Kingsmen had their hands full in their next game, a 9-1 winner’s bracket loss to Banks.

    “We only struck out three times, but everything we hit was right at them,” coach Geertsen said.

    Rob Collman and Wilson both had two hits apiece to lead a six-hit Kingsmen offensive attack.

    The Kingsmen earned their second shot at Banks through an 11-5 loser’s bracket win over South Salem. Leading 4-3, Putnam put the game away in the bottom of the fifth, scoring seven runs on five hits, a walk, a fielder’s choice and an error.

    John Irish, Rob Collman, Foglio, Geertsen and Reber all hit safely in the big inning.

    Putnam finished the year with an overall record of 40-9.

    Success is not new to Geertsen’s ball club. They competed in the Midget American Division for 9- and 10-year-olds last summer and placed fourth at state, after winning the county Midget American championship.

    County champions

    Seeded fourth, Putnam went 4-0 at this year’s county tournament, advancing to the final with wins over No. 5 Milwaukie (12-2 in four innings), No. 1 Redland (5-4) and No. 3 Estacada (8-3), and then defeating Estacada 4-3 in the final.

    They had gone 12-4 in Clackamas County league play, finishing back of Redland (14-2), North Marion (14-2) and Estacada (14-2).

    Players on the team included: K.J. Ruffo (catcher/outfield), Hayden Wilson (catcher/pitcher), Perry Collman (second base), Nick Geertsen (shortstop/pitcher), John Foglio (third base/shortstop), Oscar Quick (outfield), Gavin Lund (first base), John Irish (outfield), Korbyn Amundson (outfield/third base), Rob Collman (outfield/pitching), Derek Douangphrachanh (outfield) and Dakota Reber (pitcher/outfield).

    The county championship final with Estacada was a defensive gem. The Kingsmen pulled out the 4-3 victory despite getting outhit 8-3.

    “We had some very good defense,” coach Geertsen said. “They had the bases loaded in the second inning and (shortstop) Nick Geertsen threw a guy out at home.... Also, in the fifth inning, Nick threw a guy out at home with the bases loaded; and our pitcher, Dakota Reber, threw a guy out at home with the bases loaded.”

    Offensive hero honors went to Irish, who drove in what would prove the winning run in the bottom of the fifth. Douangphrachanh drew a base on balls to lead off the inning, stole around to third, and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Irish.

    Lund was also huge on offense in the championship game, going 2-for-2 and driving in runs with a two-run single in the first inning and a one-run single in the fourth.

    Reber was money on the mound in the sixth and final frame. After giving up a run to the leadoff runner, he retired Estacada’s two, three and four batters through strikeouts.

    Wilson (8 strikeouts, one walk, 4 hits) pitched the first four innings. Reber (4 strikeouts, no walks, 4 hits) finished up.

    Seven different Putnam ball players made contact for hits in the 8-3 win over Estacada. Foglio had two hits; Amundson belted a double.

    Geertsen (7 strikeouts, 2 walks, 5 hits) pitched the first four innings; Reber (2 strikeouts, one walk, 3 hits) pitched the last two.

    The 5-4 win over top-seeded Redland was a real barnburner. Putnam went up 5-1, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth. Redland got three runs back in the bottom of the sixth before Amundson closed the door, flagging down a fly ball in right field to end the inning.

    Geertsen smacked a two-run single in the top of the sixth.

    Wilson pitched a complete game, striking out 12 and walking three, while allowing just two hits. The Kingsmen played error-free defense behind Wilson.

    The Kingsmen had little difficulty in their 12-2 win over Milwaukie, a game that was stopped after just four innings through the 10-run rule.

    Reber starred, going 2-for-2 with a two-run home run, scoring two runs, and taking care of business on the mound.

    Wilson smacked a double; Geertsen scored twice.

    The win advanced the Kingsmen to the 12-team Junior American State Tournament, which was contested July 18-21 at Portland’s Erv Lind Stadium.

    The Kingsmen were a hitting machine at the county and state tournaments, with five players hitting over .300 for the two tournaments — Reber (.529, 9-for-17), Wilson (.421, 8-for-19), Geertsen (.411, 7-for-17), Foglio (.320, 8-for-25) and Douangphrachanh (.312, 5-for-16).