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Brought to you by Craig and Jodie - Budget Blinds - WINDOW TREATMENT INSIDER -


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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Brought to you by Marie Nicholson - Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care - MEMORY CARE INSIDER -


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.

Sunnyside Meadows Memory Care

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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!

    Bernard’s Garage

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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!

    Bernard’s Garage

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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

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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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

    503-659-7722

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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.

    503-353-7627

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    Oregon City: 19703 S. Hwy. 213, Ste. 170

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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.

    Bernard’s Garage

    2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie

    503-659-7722

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    Kingsmen make believers of Wilsonville

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    Putnam makes school history with a double overtime victory


    by: JAIME VALDEZ - Putnam kicker Bella GeistThe unheralded Rex Putnam Kingsmen pulled off the biggest upset in Class 5A football last Friday, knocking off fourth-ranked Wilsonville 28-26 in double overtime, to the delight of Putnam players, coaches and home fans.

    It was the first time in Putnam school history that the Kingsmen had ever beaten Wilsonville in varsity football.

    The teams had never played one another before 2010. Wilsonville won 35-13 in 2010, 45-21 in 2011 and 51-14 last fall.

    Wilsonville went 6-1 in the NWOC and finished second in the conference to Class 5A state champion Sherwood (13-0, 7-0) in 2012.

    Friday’s Kingsmen victory was the first loss of the 2013 season for the Wildcats, who had outscored three earlier opponents this season by an average score of 29-8 — defeating Parkrose (42-6), St. Helens (21-12) and 6A Sprague (23-7) in earlier games.

    Parkrose entered play this week ranked No. 1 in the OSAA Class 5A power rankings; Putnam, with losses in its first three games, was ranked 19th; Sprague was ranked No. 1 in 6A.

    Entering last Friday’s home game, the Kingsmen (1-3, 1-1) had lost their three previous games by an average score of 48-19 — with losses to fifth-ranked Hermiston (48-7), 12th-ranked Sandy (33-14) and Crescent Valley (63-35).

    Last Friday’s game at Putnam ended in a 13-13 tie in regulation, but the Kingsmen wouldn’t even have had a chance to tie without the heroics of Putnam senior kicker Bella Geist.

    Trailing 13-10 with two minutes remaining in regulation, the Kingsmen received a punt and went on the march. But it appeared like they would come up short of the end zone before the game clock ran out.

    Enter Geist, who sent a 36-yard field goal over the bar as time expired in regulation.

    “I didn’t actually see it go over, but I was told it went right down the middle, but was close in terms of distance,” said Geist. “As soon as I kicked it, someone dove at my feet and I fell backwards.”

    Both teams scored touchdowns and made their PAT kicks in the first overtime. After Wilsonville scored, Putnam quarterback Josey Swain connected with John Bradley for a 25-yard touchdown on a swing pass; Geist split the uprights on the PAT to make it 20-20, and the second overtime followed.

    Swain hooked up with Bradley for a 20-yard touchdown pass play in the second overtime, putting the Kingsmen up 26-20. That play was also a swing pass.

    The Kingsmen then put what would prove the winning points on the scoreboard with an unplanned two-point conversion on the PAT. They lined up for a kick, but instead Swain found wide receiver Brandon Culp wide open in the end zone for the two-point conversion, making it 28-20 Putnam.

    The Cats answered with a touchdown on their possession of the second overtime. But their attempt to pass for the two-point conversion was deflected away from the receiver by Culp.

    “It was supposed to be a kick, but the snap was low,” Geist said of Putnam’s successful two-point PAT conversion. “Josey is my holder, and with the low snap, he didn’t think we would be able to get the kick off. So he shouted ‘Fire,’ which means we’re not going to get the kick off.... Brandon shot off the line. There was no one around him, and he caught the ball.”

    Geist earlier in the game had split the uprights on a 34-yard field goal that put the Kingsmen ahead 10-6.

    Putnam scored its only touchdown of regulation on a 13-yard run by Richie Mock-Seratt in the first quarter.

    Geist, who has been Putnam’s PAT kicker since her sophomore year, says that before last Friday’s game she’d only been asked to kick a field goal once in a game. It was a 30-yarder; it was long enough, but it went wide, she says.

    “I’ve made one from 40 yards in practice,” said Geist, who is the goalie for Putnam’s girls soccer team.

    Putnam sophomore safety Jesse Countryman came up with a key defensive play late in the third quarter to keep the Kingsmen in the game, intercepting a pass by Wilsonville quarterback Chase Eisenbrandt in the red zone.

    Asked if his players may have underestimated the Kingsmen, Wilsonville coach Adam Guenther said: “Absolutely — despite many warnings.... [Putnam is] better than their record. They played a heck of a game and deserved to win.”

    Guenther added: “Holy cow. If you paid your five dollars tonight, you got your money’s worth.”

    “The team this year is really young, but they have a lot of fight,” said Geist. “We went into the game with a winning attitude, but no one would be believe in us but us. The fans even stayed away from the [Wilsonville] game because Wilsonville was supposed to be really good, and the fans thought they’d slaughter us.

    “We know what we can do now and there’s no reason we can’t be top 10 in the state.”

    The Kingsmen will get a chance to prove that last Friday’s win was no fluke this Friday, when they entertain Parkrose (3-1, 1-1). The Broncs have wins this season over Franklin (54-6), Jefferson (25-6) and Sandy (43-24).

    Wilsonville (3-1, 2-1) on Friday has a nonleague game at Mt. View.

    Big plays

    sink Milwaukie

    Victory continued to elude Milwaukie’s football team Friday night at Liberty, as the Mustangs slipped to 0-4 on the season and 0-2 in the Northwest Oregon Conference with a 29-12 loss to the Falcons.

    The Mustangs kept the game close until the third period, when Falcon 5-7, 160-pound sophomore running back Devin Kaneshiro returned the second-half kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown.

    A short time later, Liberty 6-4, 160-pound sophomore quarterback Blake Walker hooked up with 6-3, 205-pound wide receiver Byron Greenlee for a 40-yard touchdown pass play, and the Falcons were in charge, leading 29-6.

    The Falcons hurt the Mustangs with the big play all night, scoring the game’s first touchdown when 160-pound junior Nick Bonat busted a 54-yard run to the end zone.

    Leading 7-6, the Falcons scored on a 73-yard screen pass from Walker to 175-pound senior Matt Langbehn near the midpoint of the second period, giving them a 15-6 lead at the intermission.

    Milwaukie scored in the first period on a 7-yard pass from 6-4 senior Tyler Spencer to junior Garrett Zundel; and in the fourth quarter, on a 19-yard pass from freshman Jonathon Snyder to Spencer.

    Spencer had a pretty good night passing, completing 9-of-17 aerials for 120 yards; Snyder connected on 7-of-14 passes for 65 yards.

    But the Mustangs continued to struggle to get their running game going. Dre Edwards rushed six times for 26 yards to head up a Milwaukie ground attack that netted just 65 yards.

    Walker had a great night for the Falcons, completing 14-of-18 passes for 261 yards. Langbehn made four catches for 91 yards.

    Bonat rushed four times for 67 yards to lead the Falcon ground game.

    With the win, Liberty improved to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in the NWOC. The Falcons also have wins over St. Helens (34-33) and over Churchill (38-21). Their loss came in their season opener with Hillsboro (24-12).

    Milwaukie returns home Friday, hosting Sandy (3-1, 1-1). After opening the season with wins over Hood River (47-21), Wilson (14-6) and Putnam (33-12), the Sandy Pioneers tasted their first defeat last Friday, losing 43-34 at Parkrose.

    Milwaukie won 42-23 in last year’s NWOC game at Sandy.