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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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    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

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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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    An historic night at Putnam

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    The Kingsmen go unbeaten in league for perhaps the first time in school history


    Friday, Feb. 28, was an historic night for Rex Putnam High School’s girls basketball team. The Kingsmen celebrated long and hard with their coaches, parents and home fans following Friday’s 64-37 rout of Wilsonville in the Kingsmen’s Northwest Oregon Conference league final.by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Putnam senior guard Shelby VanLeuven (1) is mugged by Jocelyn Welberg (14) and Karlin McNeil (30) in last Fridays league final with Wilsonville.

    With the win the Kingsmen finished 14-0 in the Northwest Oregon Conference, earning what is thought to be the first undefeated league season in the 39-year history of girls basketball at their school.

    It’s only the Kingsmen’s fourth league title and their first since the 1981-82 season. Putnam had league champions in the Wilco League in 1979, 1981 and 1982.

    In 1981-82 the Kingsmen went 17-1 in league (18-7 overall) and they bowed out of the big-school state tournament with two straight losses — losing to Corvallis 50-46 and to Grant 53-23. Grant went on to defeat Oregon City in the 1982 final, 59-51.

    Putnam has had only two teams place at state. The Kingsmen finished with an overall record of 22-4 and placed third at state in 1981; and they finished with a record of 23-2 and placed fourth at state in 1979.

    The Kingsmen (16-7, 14-0) ran away with this year’s NWOC league title, finishing three games in front of league runner-up Sherwood (16-7, 11-3).

    “I’m overwhelmed,” said Putnam senior co-captain Ali Schooley. “I’m filled with excitement!

    “Honestly, it’s more than I can explain. It’s such a great feeling. At the start of the season, we just wanted to have a winning season. But now, league champions. And league champions and undefeated, That’s even better. It’s more than I could have ever imagined us doing.”

    “I knew we could do it all along,” said senior co-captain Mariah Oliver. “But now it’s a reality and not a fantasy. I’m overjoyed! Excited!

    “I’ve never experienced anything like this. Last year, [when I was] at Wilson, we won a league title, but we didn’t go undefeated. And last year we had to share the title and be co-champions with Cleveland. Now I’m just league champion, and it’s my first time on an undefeated team.”

    Asked how this year’s team compares with last year’s team at Wilson, Oliver said:

    “[If we played that team] we’d murder them. We are more in shape, and smarter basketball players, and tougher.”

    Oliver explained why this year’s team has been so successful: “We have a lot of people who are unselfish, and the chemistry is extremely good. We like playing together.”

    Last Friday’s 64-37 shellacking of Wilsonville was truly a team effort. Ten players scored, led by seniors Shelby VanLeuven (11 points) and Mariah Oliver (8 points, 10 assists), junior Carly Bolander (8 points), sophomores Angela Arrington (8 points) and Brooke Snyder (7 points), and freshman Haley Brandel (9 points).

    It was senior night and, senior playmaking guard Ali Schooley, who has had her season cut short by a knee injury, even made a contribution. Schooley drew loud cheers of approval from the home crowd when she stepped on the floor as the game was winding down and coolly cashed in twice, hitting a 3-pointer from the corner and a long 2-pointer.

    by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Putnam senior leader Ali Schooley takes her turn claiming a piece of the net as a souvenir after Friday nights decisive win over Wilsonville. With the win, the Kingsmen finished 14-0 in the Northwest Oregon Conference.Rebounding proved pivotal in turning the game into a rout. Led by 5-11 sophomore Angela Arrington (12 rebounds), 5-10 sophomore Brooke Snyder (12 rebounds), 5-6 senior Shelby VanLeuven (11 rebounds) and 6-1 freshman Haley Brandel (10 rebounds), the Kingsmen out-rebounded their guests 50-26, with 28 rebounds at the offensive end of the floor.

    Brandel helped set the tone early, scoring all of her points in the first quarter, when she turned two close-in baskets into 3-point plays.

    The Kingsmen went on top for good three minutes into the game on a fast-break bucket by VanLeuven, following a steal by Oliver. They led 30-19 at halftime and they stretched their advantage to 22 points, at 47-25, by the end of the third quarter.

    Their domination of the backboards gained Putnam 27 more attempts at the basket than their hosts. Putnam went 24-of-75 from the field (32 percent), while the Wildcats were 16-of-48 (33 percent).

    The Kingsmen forced 23 turnovers; Putnam turned the ball over 17 times.

    The Kingsmen had one of their best shooting nights of the season on Feb. 25, as they took care of business with Liberty, winning 58-36.

    They made 24-of-47 shots from the floor on the night, with two 3-pointers.

    Mariah Oliver (18 points), Haley Brandel (11 points) and Kelsea Baton (10 points) were three of the sharpest shooters.

    Oliver was 6-of-10 from the field and she hit both 3-pointers. She also sparked the Kingsmen offense with eight assists.

    Brandel was 5-for-8 from the field. She also hauled down 13 rebounds and blocked three shots.

    Baton was 4-of-8 from the field, with three assists and five steals.

    Angela Arrington blocked four shots and claimed eight rebounds, as she and Brandel led Putnam to an advantage on the backboards.

    Leading 25-18 at halftime, the Kingsmen put the game away in the third period, when they stretched their advantage to 44-28.

    The outcome would have been a lot more lopsided, except the Kingsmen turned the ball over 27 times, missing senior leader Ali Schooley (knee injury).

    Putnam assistant coach Kris Leatherman said that sophomore Olivia Beko stepped up big-time in Schooley’s absence, especially on defense.

    “Olivia guarded [Liberty’s] Mackenzie Oster in the second and third quarters and held her scoreless,” Leatherman said.

    The Kingsmen played a strong defensive game all around, forcing 38 turnovers with their baseline-to-baseline defensive pressure.

    Ranked 12th in the state in the OSAA RPI rankings, the Kingsmen (16-7) were to host 21st-ranked Pendleton (10-14) on Tuesday (March 4) in the play-in round of the Class 5A state playoffs, with the winner advancing to a Friday playoff game for one of eight berths in the 2014 Class 5A State Tournament.

    Pendleton and Putnam met on Dec. 30 at Lake Oswego’s Nike Interstate Shootout, with Pendleton winning a 59-56 nail-biter.

    “I like our chances [against Pendleton],” said Leatherman. “The last time we played them we were still figuring out our rotation. Angela [Arrington] saw limited minutes back then, and she’s come a long way; Carly is now an offensive threat to go with her defense; and Brooke has come a long, long way.”

    Leatherman added, “Talking with our girls [working a weekend youth tournament], they’re hungry for some payback.”

    With a win over the Buckaroos, Leatherman said Putnam would likely travel to fifth-ranked Bend (20-4) on Friday or Saturday, with a berth in the eight-team Class 5A State Tournament on the line.

    Asked how she thinks her team will do in postseason, Schooley said: “I was a little worried [about how they would play without me] at Liberty. But the way they pulled it out at Liberty, I think they can go far. I think they can go all the way, to be honest. I have faith in them.”

    Schooley added, “I feel so blessed to have had Mariah and Otis [head coach Otis Oliver] join the program. We couldn’t have done what we’ve done without them.”

    Mariah Oliver said of the Kingsmen’s prospects, “Not having Ali definitely affects us. She is back-up point guard and we don’t really have anybody else that can do what she does, so it makes things tough if I get into foul trouble or need a breather. I have to to be conscious of not fouling.... But [even without Ali] I think we will make it to [the 5A State Tournament in] Eugene, definitely. And hopefully we’ll win a state title.”