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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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Letters: Savas candidacy generates community reaction


by: FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - County Commissioner Paul Savas is seen celebrating on election night in September 2012 with Jim Knapp, who was the chief petitioner on a measure that now forces votes on public-rail proposals in Clackamas County. Savas' views on light rail and other county issues in last week's newspaper generated a lot of reader interest.What a pragmatic, focused article (“County ‘compels’ 2014 run for Savas,” March 27) about advancing Clackamas County’s future!

I totally support Savas’ efforts on Clackamas County economic issues. Why waste precious government resources on “jousting at windmills”?

Only a few activists, including Savas, were trying to stanch light rail over five years ago. Stopping the project now, after the finalization of numerous inter-governmental agreements and contracts, may well be a sad exercise in futility. Too bad many citizens believe their upcoming vote on 4-301 might end light rail in our county.

Instead of more money flushed away fighting the Columbia River Crossing, let’s keep the county’s work directed at the roads and industrial land development issues that will bring jobs and prosperity to Clackamas County. I have supported Savas’ leadership for many years.

Instead of populist blather, Savas works smartly on conservative budgeting and business development — just what I believe we need.

Richard F. Jaskiel


Superfluous research

What a shock to pick up the March 27 Clackamas Review and see the article “County ‘compels’ 2014 run for Savas.”

In our opinion, as former campaign workers for Commissioner Paul Savas, we are highly disappointed regarding the impressions we were given as to where Paul did/would stand on certain issues. Those impressions have changed dramatically. Mr. Savas did not participate in the voting of the Sellwood Bridge issue. One of our questions is this: How can Paul, as reported in the Review, state that the CRC is none of our concern? It should be our concern. Won’t it have a direct impact on Clackamas County? If the funding for this issue goes forth, are we not “stealing” money from other transportation projects?

It appears to us that we are never able to get a direct answer from Paul. His stock reply is always the same: “I need to do further research on this.” While we agree the commissioners need to be informed of the issues; decisions need to be made in a timely fashion.

As former supporters, we want to know: Where is Paul going with his leadership?

Shirley Camm

Yvonne Lazarus

Oak Grove

Thanks for representing us

I’m happy to see that Paul has decided to run again for County Commissioner.

I know it is an office that poses lots of challenges and requires seeing issues from many directions. Sometimes decisions are not always the most popular with everyone, but I know Paul and know him to be very honest and considerate. He has offered me good advice when we have had issues over land use.

I know he will stand up for the citizens of our community and I appreciate his strong voice in our behalf.

Punky Scott

Oak Grove

Occupy TriMet

There is an effort starting to have an Occupy TriMet sometime during the first week of May.

This will be at TriMet’s headquarters in downtown Portland. Since Clackamas County residents overwhelmingly do not want the Portland/Milwaukie Orange Line, we are hoping to have a turnout of somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 residents.

TriMet does not want the people to have a say-so on this project. Measure 3-401 begs to differ. The taxpayers/voters are the ones who hire our elected officials. If elected officials want to keep their jobs, then they must go along with what the majority of voters want.

Two previous Clackamas County commissioners found out that their support of TriMet and the unions couldn’t help them keep their jobs. The trend is going to continue. The people are fed up and will not be ignored.

Stay tuned.

Jeff Molinari


More kudos needed

In your article giving kudos to the Oregon City High School girls state-champion snowboard team, you also noted the Second Annual Rail Jam, a fundraiser for both the girls and boys snowboard teams (“OCHS snowboarders bring home the GOLD,” March 27).

Thanks also must go to Oregon City Lithia Subaru for their significant contribution to the Rail Jam, which included a Subaru Cruise In and Fusion day passes to Mount Hood. Oregon City is fortunate to have Lithia Subaru as a community member, demonstrated by its support of our children and families.

Chris Sweet

Oregon City

Tax dollars to track down

Can’t tell you how much this irks me. Seemingly intelligent so call experienced hikers go up on the mountain without a tracker or telling people where they are going.

They put searchers lives in danger. This one was lucky and finally found. Possible frostbite and a broken ankle. Lucky to be alive. How many times does someone have to die up on Mt. Hood before people stop doing this? I think they should have to pay every cent that was spent trying to find them. Why should my tax dollars have to pay for someone who thinks they are so experienced they don’t have to slap on a tracking device?

I am happy this turned out better then the ones that died up there but they too could possibly still be here.

Charmian Inman


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