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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!

    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!

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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.

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    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 girls appear headed for their best season in decades


    by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Weary, but proud, Putnam players took a moment to thank their fellow students for their support following last Friday nights 43-36 win over Liberty. The Kingsmen are off to their best start in girls basketball in decades.Move over Oregon City, Clackamas, West Linn, La Salle and Gladstone, and make room for the Rex Putnam Kingsmen.

    North Clackamas County has been a hotbed for high school girls basketball this winter, with Oregon City, Clackamas, West Linn, La Salle and Gladstone all in the top 10 in the state in coaches’ polls.

    Putnam girls are making a case that they also deserve recognition.

    After playing a super tough preseason schedule that included several competitive 6A and 5A programs, the Kingsmen have taken the Northwest Oregon Conference by storm.

    With wins over 2013 NWOC runner-up Liberty (43-36) and St. Helens (52-25) in games last week, the Kingsmen improved their conference record to 6-0 and their season record to 8-7.

    They conclude the first round of the conference season on Friday, playing Wilsonville (5-10, 2-4) on the road.

    The Kingsmen appear well on their way towards their first winning season since 1986-87 and perhaps their first league championship since way back in 1981-82, when they went 17-1 (19-3 overall) in the Wilco League.

    “It’s really exciting to know that we’re the first team to do this well in such a long time,” said Putnam senior co-captain Ali Schooley. “It’s kind of overwhelming. This [crowd tonight] is the biggest crowd that Putnam girls, or even Putnam boys basketball, has had in a long, long time.”

    “Playing harder teams in preseason helped prepare us for this,” said Putnam senior co-captain Mariah Oliver. “We were close in most of our games with 6A teams, so we knew we could take these guys in 5A.”

    “It was a little nerve-racking [losing so many games in preseason],” said Schooley. “But once we beat Sherwood, I knew we could beat everyone else in the league....

    “Our goal’s to go all the way [to a state championship], and I think we can do it.”

    “We talk about it every day at practice, and we’re working hard to make it happen,” said Oliver.

    “It’s our goal, but we’re still going to take it a game at a time,” said Schooley. “Each game is a step towards our goal. We’re going to keep working hard in practice, come out hard as we can in every game, and not let up.”

    Determination and defense were huge in last Friday’s win over the visiting Liberty Falcons.

    Although Putnam led in every quarter, the Falcons held the lead for most of the first three quarters, after going up 13-3 to start the game.

    The Kingsmen, who pressed on defense throughout the game, upped their intensity on defense and took charge of things in the fourth quarter. They went on a 10-0 run to start the quarter, forcing turnovers on the Falcons’ first five possessions.

    Schooley put the Kingsmen up for good, at 33-32, a minute into the final period, taking an outlet pass from Oliver following a steal, and scoring on a lay-up.

    Moments later, Schooley stole the ball herself, was fouled on the fast break and hit two free throws, upping the Kingsmen lead to 35-32.

    Schooley stole the ball again on the Falcons’ ensuring possession. She was fouled on another fast break attempt, hit two more free throws, and the Falcons were on the ropes, trailing 37-32.

    Oliver connected from downtown to make it 40-32 with 4:23 remaining.

    Schooley stole the sphere again, and the Kingsmen spread the floor and made enough free throws to hold the Falcons off for the 43-36 victory.

    Except for a horrendous night of shooting, the Kingsmen would have turned the game into a rout. They hit only 14-of-49 shots from the floor (.286) for the game.

    Putnam’s harassing full-court defense was pivotal. Through their full- and half-court defensive pressure, the Kingsmen forced 30 turnovers, which led to 15 extra field goal attempts. The Falcons were 12-of-34 (.353) from the field on the night.

    Putnam was a super cold one-of-12 from the field in the first quarter.

    “We’ve been very average in our shooting,” said Putnam coach Otis Oliver. “Our defense has kept us around. We’ve been working very diligently on becoming a better jump-shooting team.... The girls are working hard in practice. Once our shots start dropping, it’s going to be a nightmare for somebody.”

    Sophomore post Angela Arrington (10 points), Oliver (9 points), Schooley (8 points) and senior wing Kelsea Baton (7 points) were Putnam’s top point-getters in last Friday’s win.

    Baton (4 steals), Oliver (4 steals), Schooley (3 steals) and freshman post Haley Brandel (3 steals) headed up the defense.

    Putnam junior guard Carly Bolander and Oliver defended against and made things tough on Liberty star wing McKenzie Oster. The 5-9 senior all-star scored just six points, hitting two 3-pointers in the first half.

    Alyssa Grenfell, a 5-10 sophomore guard, scored 10 points, to head up the Falcon offense.

    Brandel and Arrington led Putnam to a 25-19 edge on the backboards, each with six rebounds.

    The St. Helens Lions pleaded no contest in their Jan. 28 girls basketball game with the Kingsmen.

    Putnam led 15-0 at the end of the first quarter and 29-6 at halftime.

    “They struggled to get the ball up the floor,” said Putnam assistant coach Kris Leatherman. “Our pressure overwhelmed them.”

    The Kingsmen forced 34 turnovers, led by Bolander (4 steals) and senior wing Shelby VanLeuven (4 steals).

    Mariah Oliver was at the lead on the fast break, scoring a game-high 11 points and assisting on eight baskets.

    Bolander tallied 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

    “The girls are internally motivated,” coach Oliver said. “They’ve bought into the program. They’re believing and they’re seeing that hard work does pay off.”

    Oliver added, “I’d like to thank our home crowd. They were great tonight. They’re the reason we won this game. Our student body was fabulous. And I’ve got to thank our youth teams and the parents and community for coming out and supporting us. I hope they come back.”

    Putnam boys continued to struggle to put a league game in the win column last week, losing to St. Helens 77-57 and to Liberty 81-76. But they gave Liberty a game, taking the Falcons to four overtimes before yielding.

    Byron Greenlee, a 6-3 junior post, was Putnam’s nemesis, scoring 17 of his of his game-high 24 points in the four overtimes.

    David Vasquez and Calvin Spencer scored 22 and 21 points respectively to lead Putnam. Vasquez was 10-of-10 from the free throw line for the game and he scored 9 points in the overtimes.

    With the win, Liberty improved to 4-2 in the NWOC (10-6 overall); Putnam slipped to 0-6 in conference (1-14 overall) with the loss.

    Drew O’Dell (16 points) and Vasquez (15 points) were Putnam’s top point-getters in the loss to St. Helens.

    Milwaukie’s boys and girls basketball teams both put games in the win column in play last Friday.

    Tyler Spencer (26 points), Vasiliy Voznyuk (12 points), Grant Loudon (11 points) and Miliak Rood (10 points) all scored in double figures in Milwaukie boys’ rout of Parkrose.

    “We turned it around in the fourth quarter,” said Milwaukie coach Scott Bays. “We outscored them 27-10 in the fourth quarter....

    “Miliak played great defense on their best player. Tyler was great all night. He had 112 rebounds and five blocks to go with his 26 points....

    “The turning point was in the fourth quarter when Vasiliy scored and got fouled, hit a three, and then scored another basket. All of a sudden we were up by 10.”

    Milwaukie boys (4-11, 3-3) play at Sandy (14-2, 5-1) this Friday, while Milwaukie girls (7-8, 4-2) entertain their Pioneer (9-6, 4-2) counterparts.