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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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At 81, Milwaukie's Paul Davis Jr. still shoots his age

by: JOHN DENNY - At 81 years of age, Paul Davis Jr. of Milwaukie has had five holes in one and he can still shoot his age. He is still in pursuit of his first double eagle and he said he believes it might still be possible on the 463-yard 18th hole at Stone Creek Golf Club, under the right conditions - a really strong wind at my back, and a lot of luck.Longtime Milwaukie resident Paul Davis Jr. doesn’t think it’s such a big deal. But Davis, who is 81, scored his fifth hole in one during a round of golf in July 8 men’s club play at Stone Creek Golf Club.

“I can’t understand why you are calling me,” Davis said. “It’s no big deal. I’ve played with a guy who had 15 holes in one.... I played at Glendoveer last Friday (July 12) with a guy from Happy Valley who is 85 (Bud Unruh) and he’s got eight of them. You should be doing a story on him.”

“I’ve been working here for 10 years and I can’t think of any one else [besides Paul Davis] who has had that many holes in one,” said Davis Torgerson, who works in the pro shop at Stone Creek. “He’s pretty amazing. There aren’t a lot of guys that are 81 and can still shoot their age.”

“For all the golf that I’ve played, I’ve only had three (holes in one),” said Stone Creek professional Ted Westling. “It takes skill, but it also takes luck.”

Paul Davis Jr., who has been playing the game of golf for 50 years, scored his fifth ace on the 125-yard sixth hole at Stone Creek, using his 8-iron.

Davis, who still has his scorecards for all but one of his five holes in one, recounted his previous aces:

“The first one was on Aug. 1, 1984, in a tournament at Mountain View in Boring — 155 yards, on the 10th hole, using my 8-iron....

“The second — 1992 at Pleasant Valley, 135 yards on the 13th, an 8-iron....

“The third — Feb. 23, 1995 — same course, same hole as the second, same club....

“I’ve lost or misplaced the fourth, but I think it was in Los Vegas, around 15 years ago.”

Davis, who retired 25 years ago as a senior sales representative for the Consumer Products Division of Scott Paper Company, says he used to play at Pleasant Valley with Safeway retiree Marv Britton, a golfing buddy who claimed to have shot 15 holes in one.

Davis was a Johnny-come-lately to the game of golf.

“I didn’t really start playing until I was 31,” he says. “My kids were grown and I’d been playing basketball for so long that I had ‘Spalding” imprinted on my forehead. I decided it was time to do something else for exercise.”

Davis says he learned the game from a neighbor, Bob Durgan, when he lived in Spokane.

“He was the nephew of Joe Durgan, the pro at Down River Golf Club,” Davis says.

Davis says he used to play golf five days a week, with an average score in the high 70’s. His lowest score was a 69 at Pleasant Valley.

Now he plays two days a week with the men’s club at Stone Creek, typically shooting in the high 80’s.

“I shot my age, 81,” he says of his July 8 round of golf that included the fifth hole in one.

Asked the secret to scoring a hole in one, Davis said, “Close your eyes, hit the ball, and a lot of luck.”

He added, “I really don’t know. It just happens.”

He said that when he shot his most recent ace it was on a men’s club KP hole, where two of his three partners came close to getting holes in one.

“Jeff [Gumer] stepped up and jacked it three feet from the flag,” Davis says. “The next guy, James Patterson, rolled it around the pin. We thought it went in. And the other guy, Bob Hicks, was already on the green. Two birdies, a par and a hole in one in the same group. That doesn’t happen very often.”

Davis added, “I’d much rather have gotten KP without the hole in one. I would have made $6. It ended up costing me $50 for drinks. That’s the code of the Golf Club. You get a hole in one, you buy drinks....

“I was a little worried. I was thinking, ‘I don’t have any money (on me) and I don’t have a credit card,’” Davis said. “But they said, ‘Your credit’s good with us.’ Fortunately the guys didn’t hit me too hard.”

Davis says that when he first started playing golf, he set some goals for himself.

“I wanted to make a birdie, an eagle, a hole in one, a double eagle and win a tournament,” he says. “Then I was going to quit. I’ve met all my goals except the double eagle....

“I don’t hit the ball as far as I used to, so that last one, the double eagle, is going to be tough. But under the right conditions, with the wind behind me and lots of luck, it could happen. There are a couple of holes at Stone Creek where I might still be able to do it. But I’d really have to get lucky.”

Davis says he almost scored a double eagle 10 years ago, the first time he played Stone Creek.

“It was on the 18th hole,” Davis recalls. “I was 71 and I shot a 71.”

Davis, who walks the course rather than riding in a golf cart, says of his current motivation for playing golf: “I enjoy it and it gives me a lot of exercise. And I enjoy the guys you meet and play with.”

Davis isn’t the only “athlete” in his family. His oldest son Bruce was an all-state baseball player for Milwaukie High School in the early 70’s and another son, Bryan, was an all-league and honorable mention all-state athlete in baseball.

Grandson’s Brett and Corey Davis both starred for Clackamas High School during the last decade. A 2006 graduate, Brett played first base and was a two-time Three Rivers League “Player of the Year.”

Corey graduated in 2008 and was catcher that year for the Clackamas ball club that won the school’s first state championship in baseball. He was the hero in the championship final, hitting a two-run home run that lifted the Cavaliers to a 3-1 victory in the final with Tigard.