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Brought to you by John Sciarra, Bernard's Garage - AUTOMOTIVE INSIDER -

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraSummer's imminent arrival means your vehicle's air conditioning system will soon be under serious strain.

If your A/C isn't as frosty as it used to be, but it's still blowing cold, the system may need to be recharged.

Manufacturers used to use a type of refrigerant known as R-12, or Freon, until researchers found it caused ozone depletion. As such, it's illegal to use Freon in vehicles built after 1994. Now, manufacturers use R-134a to keep things cold in the cabin.

Working on an air conditioning system is about as much fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

Unless you are skilled in vehicle maintenance, it’s safest to take the job to a professional.

An AC compressor is usually driven by your vehicle's serpentine belt, and as it spins, it pressurizes the system's refrigerant. It's this change in pressure that cools the air coming into your cabin. The best way to keep your compressor from failing is to have your A/C system serviced once a year.

If your compressor needs replacement, most responsible shops will recommend swapping out a number of periphery components at the same time.

Why? The easy answer is working on an air conditioning system is about as fun as sticking your hand in a blender. Twice.

To avoid draining your refrigerant, removing your compressor, installing a new unit and refilling the system with new cool stuff — only to have you come back in a week and say it's still not cold enough — it makes sense to replace the necessary components.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen of Snap Fitness - FITNESS INSIDER -

SNAP FITNESS - Mike NielsenAs the inspirational saying goes, “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.”

While it’s true that starting a fitness routine can be difficult, I offer the following tips to get you in the gym door and on the road to good health.

Assessment — New SNAP Fitness clients receive a free jump-start session, including consultation with a trainer. The assessment determines the client’s baseline, helps us guide their first steps, and is an opportunity to discuss adding personal training.

Cardio — The national recommendation for exercise for all ages and fitness levels is to get to the gym at least three days per week, and to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per visit. Working out with a friend will make it more fun, help you feel more accountable, help you stay at the gym for more months and achieve a higher level of success.

Strength training is key to replacing fat with muscle, becoming leaner, stronger and improving balance. Do two to three sessions of strength training per week.

Nutritional guidelines — Instead of eating three large meals per day, eat five to six small meals. This will fuel your energy throughout the day and avoid post-meal sluggishness. Also drink 96 ounces of water daily.

Online help — SNAP has a complete online nutritional program and training center. Free with membership, it provides a personalized workout plan, sample menus and a complete library of instruction videos.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



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



Brought to you by Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

Mike Nielsen, Snap FitnessStrength training is an essential part of an exercise program, even for someone who hasn’t been active in a while.

Lifting weights, using weight machines and doing core work increases muscle mass and bone density.

As we age, our muscles deteriorate (called sarcopenia) and bone density decreases.

Research shows that seniors are more susceptible to bone breakage that younger adults. As people age, their metabolism slows down. We are seeing more and more seniors joining gyms.

If we take the average adult between the ages of 40 and 50 and do basic strength-training three to four times per week for 90 days, the outcome can be life-changing.

Here’s a myth-buster: Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat! A pound is a pound. 

Muscle is, however, more dense than body fat and takes up less area than fat. If you were to start an exercise program complete with strength training, you would increase your lean body mass and decrease body fat.

The body takes up less space and metabolism speeds up, resulting in a higher BMR (base metabolic rate, the amount of daily caloric intake needed to maintain LBM and weight.) This reverses sarcopenia and increases bone density.   

Not everyone walks into a gym and knows exactly what to do. Snap gives new members an opportunity to meet with a Certified Personal Trainer, who assesses their body and their goals. 

Let’s get started.

Snap Fitness

Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.



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



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

John Sciarra, Bernard's GarageRegular maintenance on your car is, quite simply, a good investment.

For example, when you bring your car in for a timing belt — typically needed at 90,000 to 100,000 miles— it costs in the range of $400 to $500. But if it breaks, it might be $1,800 to $2,000.

At our shop, when we do it, we do it right. With the timing belt, we also replace the timing belt tensioner, idler pulleys, camshaft seals, water pump and coolant.

Mileage interval maintenance, which is only done by shops, should be done at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

The ideal scenario is to get the car into the shop about three times per year for inspections, which will find things like rodent damage, which is more common than you might think. It’s mainly squirrels in this area.

An inspection will also uncover leaking coolant or oil, as well as plugged-up air filters. Once a year, you should get a brake inspection.

We do complete automotive repair, including pre-purchase inspections for $150. That’s a comprehensive inspection, which can detect unforeseen problems and save you from buying a compromised vehicle.

Our average cost for an oil change is $38; $58 for a brake inspection.

It’s a small investment. We do it properly and can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the road.

Bernard’s Garage

2036 SE Washington St., Milwaukie



Mike Nielsen - Snap Fitness - Fitness INSIDER

SNAP FITNESS - Mike Nielsen“We are a friendly, success-oriented fitness center,” says Mike Nielsen, vice president and co-owner of Snap Fitness locations in Oregon City, Milwaukie and Canby. “We’re like the ‘Cheers’ of the gym world, where everybody knows your name.”

Nielsen has been a certified fitness coach for 13 years and has been with Snap for eight years. He says being a fitness coach is all about helping individuals achieve the best version of themselves.

“It’s not just something that’s done at the gym, but it’s a lifestyle change,” he said of Snap. “We focus on not only the physical but also the mental and emotional aspects of everyday life, to make sure we are able to achieve long-term success.”

He says Snap gyms have a family feel and a personal touch.

The gyms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with monitored access for safety. Snap has more than 1,500 locations nationwide.

The fitness centers offer cardio, personal training, weight-loss programs, a health center, strength training and Olympic lifting. An online web page for members offers nutrition counseling and an online training center.

“Our members are our greatest assets,” Nielsen added. “We do all we can to make sure they have not only the best facility and equipment, but a wonderful experience.”

Snap Fitness


Milwaukie: 4200 SE King Rd.


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


Canby: 1109 SW 1st Ave.


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

BERNARD'S GARAGE - John SciarraAfter nearly 100 years of providing excellent full-service automotive repair and maintenance, Bernard’s Garage is a classic Milwaukie institution trusted by generations of customers.

Founded in 1925, old timers and area residents still remember Joe Bernard Sr., who would design and build custom car parts when his customers’ vehicles needed it. Joe Bernard Jr., a former Milwaukie mayor, helped modernize Bernard’s and continued his father’s tradition of excellent customer service.

The current owner, Jim Bernard, another Milwaukie mayor and current Clackamas County commissioner, has computerized Bernard’s—turning his father’s mechanics into today’s technicians.

Besides providing free pickup and delivery, Bernard’s offers DEQ repair and adjustments, check-engine light diagnosis, manufacturer-scheduled maintenance, brakes, steering and suspension repair, timing belt tune-ups, radiator and water pump work, as well as engine, transmission and air conditioning service.

“We are straight shooters and will let you know what the problem is and what the cost is upfront,” Operations Manager John Sciarra says.

Sciarra, an 18 year veteran of Bernard’s, has attained numerous specialty vehicle class certifications. With 26 years in the industry overall, Sciarra is our INSIDER for automotive excellence.

Bernard’s Garage is a 17-year-long supporter of the Milwaukie Farmers Market, a Milwaukie First Friday participant and frequently donates to the Annie Ross House, Milwaukie Senior Center and other local schools and events.

A member of the Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce since 1955, Bernard’s has been named Business of the Year twice since 2000, and has received the BRAG award from the county for practicing responsible recycling and waste management.

Bernard's Garage 

2036 SE Washington St, Milwaukie, OR.

(503) 659-7722


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Gladiators hold their own with the big schools


They go 4-2 in a wood bat tournament in Oregon City

Gladstone High School’s top summer baseball team has been impressive in recent play, with the players holding their own in games with teams from big-school programs.

The Gladiators went 4-2 and placed fourth in a recent wood bat tournament hosted by Oregon City. The Gladiators were the smallest school of the 11 teams entered, which included 6A, 5A and American Legion teams.

They won their first four games of the four-day tournament, before running out of pitching arms and yielding to the Portland area The Barbers American Legion team 14-1, and to Oregon City 11-10 in the third-place final.

In their first four games of the tournament, they defeated Sunset 3-1, Gresham 3-1, Ridge of Lacey, Washington 9-0, and Ridgeview out of Redmond 12-2 in six innings.

“We’re playing some pretty good baseball,” said Gladstone coach Casey Webster. “We’re getting good pitching and we’re playing good defense, and when you have those two things, it keeps you in games.”

Senior left-hander Austin Krieger pitched a complete game in the 3-1 win over the Apollos, striking out six and walking six, while scattering four hits and allowing no earned runs.

The Gladiators picked up only four hits in that game, but they made their hits count.

Gladstone went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first, scoring on a base hit by senior Ben Fox, a run-scoring triple by senior Trask Telesmanich (2-for-3) and a run-scoring groundout by sophomore Darnell Washington.

The Glads made it 3-0 in the third frame, scoring a single tally on a base hit by senior Daniel Contreras, an error and a run-scoring double by Telesmanich.

Junior right-hander Devin Neer pitched a complete game against Gresham, striking out two, walking three and yielding three hits. The Gladiators played error-free defense behind Neer.

Trailing 1-0, the Gladiators scored all three of their runs in the fourth frame. Fox and junior Andrew Gross hit singles. Telesmanich smacked a run-scoring double, Washington rapped a run-scoring sacrifice fly, and senior Collin Betnar had a run-scoring groundout.

The Gladiators struck out only once in the game with Sunset and only three time in the shutout of Gresham.

Sophomore Logan Saltares pitched a complete game in the 9-0 shutout of Ridge, striking out four, walking two and scattering seven hits.

The Gladiators took advantage of four Ridge errors to score runs in five different innings. They made it 4-0 with three runs in the top of the fourth, scoring on walks by Krieger and Tyrus Coady, a base hit by Betnar (2-for-4, triple), a sacrifice bunt by Saltares, a run-scoring groundout by senior Branden Loehr, and RBI singles by senior Carter Watts and Fox.

Sophomore Ryan Kelner (4 strikeouts, no walks) allowed only 3-hits in six innings in the 12-2 rout of Ridgeview.

The Gladiators fired up their bats for 10 hits, led by Fox (2-for-4, 2 runs), Gross (2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI), Washington (2-for-3, double, 2 runs) and Betnar (4 RBI). Betnar had a three-run inside-the-park home run in the winning effort, his first roundtripper of the summer.

Saltares, Loehr and Contreras all rapped singles for Gladstone’s only hits in the 14-1 loss to the Barbers.

“We saw the best pitching of the tournament by far,” said Webster. “I think their starting pitcher was “player of the year” in the Mt. Hood Conference.”

The third-place final with Oregon City was a barnburner. The Gladiators earned an 11-8 edge in hitting in the 11-10 loss.

Fox went 4-for-4 at the plate, with a double, a triple and three RBI; Washington went 2-for-4, with two doubles and three RBI, Krieger went 2-for-4; Watts had two RBI and scored twice.

The only sour note for Gladstone in the tournament was the loss of Telesmanich to a broken finger on his throwing arm.

The Gladiators continued impressive on July 1, when they handled Centennial, winning 4-0.

Saltares went the distance, striking out seven, walking two and yielding only four hits. He was supported by error-free defensive play.

The Gladiators scored runs in four different innings. Fox (2-for-3) hit a solo home run in the first inning; Gross had a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the third frame; Trey DePretto had a run-scoring groundout in the fourth inning; and Loehr rounded out the scoring with a RBI-single in the fifth.

In another recent game, the Gladiators had West Linn on the ropes in a tough 5-4 loss. The Lions scored two runs with two down in the seventh frame to steal the win.

Betnar (2-for-2, 2 RBI) led a Gladiator six-hit offensive attack.

The Gladiators had their bats working in recent games with Scappoose and La Salle. They pounded out 18 hits in an 11-0 shutout of their rivals on July 3, and they had 16 hits in a 15-14 loss to Scappoose on July 2.

Gross (4-for-4, 4 runs), Fox (3-for-5, 4 runs, 3 RBI), Washington (3-for-5, double, 4 RBI), Contreras (3-for-4, 3 runs) and Betnar (2 doubles, 3 RBI) led the hit parade at Scappoose.

Gross (3-for-4, 2 runs), Fox (3-for-4, bases loaded triple, double), Betnar (3-for-4, double), Contreras (3-for-3) and Krieger (2-for-2, 2 RBI) had the hot bats at La Salle.

Krieger pitched a complete game in the shutout of La Salle, striking out eight, walking two and scattering six hits.

Through play July 1, Fox was Gladstone’s top hitter, with a .429 batting average and 17 runs scored, in 16 games. He had 21 hits, eight of them for extra bases. Fox was also a perfect 14-for-14 on stolen base attempts.

Gladstone’s top pitchers were Neer (3-0, 2.85 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 19-2/3 innings), Saltares (3-2, 1.7 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 28-2/3 innings), Telesmanich (2.29 ERA, 12 strikeouts in 18-1/3 innings) and Krieger (3.0 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 23-1/3 innings).

Gladstone (10-8) plays at Horizon Christian tonight at 6, and the Gladiators entertain Putnam at 7 p.m. on Saturday.