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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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Kingsmen win nailbiter


Swain leads the way in a 48-46 win over St. Helens

by: JON HOUSE - Putnam quarterback Josey Swain sets up to pass, as he gets good protection from Juan Hernandez (75) and another lineman in last Fridays game with St. Helens.Putnam won a nailbiter in Northwest Oregon Conference football last Friday, delighting home fans with a 48-46 come-from-behind win over St. Helens.

The Kingsmen trailed most of the game, after falling behind 15-7 in the opening period.

Putnam earned its first lead of the night with just six minutes to play. Senior wide receiver Corey Wells teamed up with junior quarterback Josey Swain for a 53-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown, and an on-target PAT kick by Bella Geist, put Putnam on top for the first time, at 41-40.

But the game wasn’t over. St. Helens answered on its next possession, scoring on a 38-yard run by Lion senior quarterback Gage Bumgardner. An attempt to run for the PAT came up short, and the Lions’ lead was 46-40.

Things looked grim when the Lions stopped the Kingsmen on downs at the St. Helens 45 on Putnam’s next possession. But then Wells picked off a Bumgardner pass, and the Kingsmen were back in business.

It looked like the Lion defense might hold again. But two penalties — defensive pass interference and unsportsmanlike conduct — on St. Helens advanced the ball to the Lion 6-yard line. A couple of plays later, Swain scored from the 4. Geist split the uprights, making it 48-46 Putnam.

Just 32 seconds remained on the clock when Swain scored his game-winner, but that was enough time for the Lions to give the Kingsmen one last scare.

Bumgardner found receiver Justin Helgerson open on the right sideline and Helgerson scampered 53 yards, to the Putnam 34, before he was brought down.

Bumgartner then launched a Hail Mary as time ran out. But Kane Stephens intercepted the desperation pass, and the Kingsmen celebrated the victory.

Swain had a big night, completing 14-of-24 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns, and scoring the winning touchdown on the quarterback keeper.

Putnam wide receiver Tyler Strauss also had a big game, rushing for a touchdown and scoring two touchdown on passes from Swain.

Strauss’ 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter knotted the score at 7-7. And his 18-yard touchdown pass from Swain in the second quarter made it St. Helens 27, Putnam 13 at halftime.

Putnam sophomore running back Richie Mock-Seratt found the end zone for the first time on a 22-yard run early in the third quarter to trim St. Helens’ lead to 27-20; and Mock-Seratt scored again in the third period, cutting St. Helens’ lead to 33-27.

Mock-Serrat was Putnam’s leading ground-gainer, rushing 21 times for 145 yards. Wells had three catches for 74 yards; Strauss made four catches for 60 yards, and he picked up 35 yards on just two rushing plays.

The hard fought win kept the Kingsmen’s playoff hopes alive, as they improved to 2-3 in the Northwest Oregon Conference with the victory.

The Kingsmen travel to Milwaukie this Friday for a showdown with their cross-town rivals, who are winless on the 2013 season.

Putnam finishes up the league season, playing top-ranked Sherwood (7-0, 5-0) at Sherwood on Oct. 25.

Milwaukie had another tough night last Friday, losing 61-3 at sixth-ranked Parkrose.

The Mustangs had a tough time stopping Bronco quarterback Jonathan Boland. The 5-11, 180-pound junior played a part in six touchdowns, completing 8-of-17 passes for 207 yards and five touchdowns, and leading the Bronco ground game, with 13 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown.

The Mustangs were also hurt by five turnovers — three intercepted passes and two lost fumbles.

The Broncos amassed 447 yards in offense on the night, while yielding a net offense of just 155 yards to the Mustangs.

Edgar Pantoja scored Milwaukie’s only points on a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Junior Dre Edwards led the Mustang ground game, rushing eight times for 32 yards.

Despite the loss, the Mustangs’ spirits were buoyed by the return of junior quarterback Aaron Walston, who saw his first action of the season, after undergoing surgery for thyroid cancer.

Walston, who just returned to practice last week, completed 3-of-12 passes for 50 yards, while playing just half the game.

With the win, Parkrose improved to 3-2 in NWOC play (5-2 overall).