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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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Falcons continue tough on the diamond


La Salle guys hit Breshears; Loryn Williams is near perfect for La Salle girls

Ranked third and seventh in the state respectively, La Salle Prep’s baseball and softball teams continued on track last week.

The Falcon guys upped their record to 3-0 in the Tri-Valley Conference (8-2 overall), picking up a huge 4-2 win at second-ranked North Marion. It was only the second loss in 14 games for the Husky hardballers, who had been riding an 11-game win string.

La Salle softballers won their tenth game in a row, improving to 3-0 in conference and 11-3 overall through a 7-1 win at Molalla.

La Salle’s win over the Huskies in baseball was all the more gratifying, because the Falcons faced the 2013 TVC “pitcher of the year,” Brock Breshears, who had led the Huskies to a conference championship a year ago.

“He’s a really good pitcher,” La Salle coach Jake Austin said of Breshears. “He’s a really smart pitcher. He hits his spots well. No free bases. And they play great defense behind him. He makes you earn everything you get. He throws a curve 60 percent of the time and you’ve got to be patient. Our kids were patient and that was huge for us [in last week’s win].”

Breshears didn’t walk anybody in seven innings and he had six strikeouts, but the Falcons reached him for eight hits.

The Falcons didn’t waste any time letting Breshears and his teammates know they were in for a game, as they put three of their four runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning.

With one down, senior Sam Wade (2-for-4) reached on a base hit, stole second, and advanced to third when senior Austin Vaughn reached on a rare Husky error.

Senior Kelly Krumm (2-for-4) then pushed one run across with a base hit. Following an out on a fielder’s choice, junior Mike Duarte (2-for-3), drove a double to the fence in right field, plating two more runs and putting the Falcons in the driver’s seat.

North Marion got a run back in the bottom of the first on a double, sacrifice bunt and run-scoring single.

La Salle added insurance in the fifth, scoring on base hits by senior Dane Maben and Wade, and another Husky error, an errant throw to first following a bunt by Vaughn.

Still, the game did not end without some drama. North Marion pushed a second run across in the bottom of the seventh on a walk, a base hit and back-to-back Falcon errors.

A passed ball then put runners at second and third with two down, and the winning run at the plate.

The next batter hit a blooper behind second base that had base hit written all over it. But Wade, playing second base, hustled to get to the ball and made a game-saving sliding catch.

“I thought the ball was going to drop,” said Austin. “That ball gets through and it’s a tie ball game.”

Junior Ian Basile was solid on the mound for La Salle, striking out three, walking one and giving up seven scattered hits in a complete game.

“Except for that seventh inning, that was the best game we’ve played all year,” said Austin. “Our pitcher had all three pitches working, and offensively, we did a really good job on their pitcher, waiting on his pitches, and taking the ball the other way.”

In games this week, La Salle diamondmen were schedule to face the Huskies again on April 21, and they had a home game scheduled with Molalla on April 22. They play Molalla on the road on Thursday, and they host Seaside in a nonleague game Saturday at noon.

Loryn Williams

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Loryn Williams came close to a perfect game in last week’s 7-1 win at Molalla in softball.

The junior right-hander struck out 16 and walked one in a one-hitter.

Molalla had only two baserunners. A runner reached on a full-count walk in the bottom of the fourth inning, and that baserunner scored on a line-drive double that flew just out of reach of La Salle’s shortstop.

Molalla only hit two balls out of the infield. The run-scoring double, and a weak fly ball that Nicole Schreiber flagged down in left field in the bottom of the seventh.

“Lauren dominated, and we got timely hitting,” said La Salle coach Walt Stockfleth.

The Falcons reached Molalla’s pitcher for eight hits and they scored runs in four different innings.

Junior infielder Makenzie Cook went 2-for-4 at the plate, driving in three runs with a bases loaded double in the top of the second.

Williams, Sydney Chvilicek and Shannon Stockfleth also had run-scoring hits.

La Salle coeds were to meet Estacada on Monday and cross-town rival Gladstone on Tuesday (April 22). They entertain Madras this Thursday.