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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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Pioneers fend off the Pacers


Depth in the field proves pivotal in a 77-1/2 to 67-1/2 dual win

by: JON HOUSE - EASTON CHRISTENSENDepth in the field events proved the difference, as Oregon City thinclads topped Lakeridge 77-1/2 to 67-1/2 in a hotly contested Three Rivers League boys track and field meet held in Oregon City April 16.

The Pacers won nine of the 17 events contest in the meet, but the Pioneers were dominant in the field events, where they outscored their guests 47-14, recording sweeps in the discus and pole vault.

“For the team, it was a very exciting meet,” said Oregon City coach Adam Thygeson. “Lakeridge is the first team to keep us under 80 points since Clackamas back in 2011.

“We built a pretty big lead early in the meet and held on to clinch it with the 200 and triple jump. [Lakeridge coach Joe Schloetter] has a very good team this year, with athletes who can score points all over the place. They were a tough match-up for us, so we were very thankful to come away with the ‘w.’”

The win left the Pioneers the only TRL boys team with a 2-0 record through the first two weeks of league dual meets.

Senior Kyle Anderson was the only double winner for the Pioneer guards. He cleared 13-4 to lead the sweep of the pole vault and he won the long jump by nearly a foot, with an effort of 20-7.

“This was the first time in a few weeks that Kyle has been able to long jump for us [because of minor injuries],” said Thygeson. “And it could not have come at a better time.”

Thygeson said that Anderson’s mark in the pole vault is “ninth best in school history.”

Senior K.C. Lopez (12-0) and junior Jerad Schweitzer (9-6) went two-three in the pole vault.

Senior Josh Miller (145-3) and juniors Tyler Dent (124-2) and Brandon Lee (120-1) went one-two-three in the discus. Miller’s winning mark was a lifetime PR by close to three feet.

Oregon City sophomore Trevor Bradford battled Lakeridge senior Brent Pottenger in the short sprint races, winning the 100-meter dash, 11.31 to 11.61, but coming up short in a close race in the 200, 23.00 to 23.23.

Oregon City freshman sprinter Jake Harthun continued to make waves, running away with first place in the 400, with a 51.84 clocking. The effort set a new freshmen class school record, shattering the old mark of 52.14, set by Josh Gehl in 2001.

The sprint relay team of Bradford, Harthun, Cameron Davis and Coy Vandehey also set the tone for the meet, winning the 4x100 relay in 44.82.

Oregon City senior Easton Christensen won the javelin (173-7) and Pioneer junior Austin DeWitz headed the field in the high jump (6-0).

DeWitz came up just short of winning the high hurdles, finishing an eyelash back of Lakeridge senior Cameron Clarke, 16.00 to 16.03. DeWitz was also second in the triple jump, with an effort of 40-5.

Oregon City girls won only five events, but they used depth to give Class 6A state power Lakeridge a run for its money, losing 79-1/2 to 65-1/2.

Senior Saskia McNairy was huge for the Pacers, winning the 400 (1:01.89), long jump (17-6-1/2) and triple jump (35-4-1/2).

The Pioneers also had their hands full in trying to keep up with sophomore Maddie Rabing, who won the discus with a state’s best mark of 138-8; the shot put, with an effort of 41-0; and the javelin, with a toss of 110-2.

Lakeridge senior Nicole Kangas cleared 10-0 to win the pole vault, and Lakeridge senior Maddie Moxness cleared 5-0 for a win in the girls high jump.

Oregon City continued tough in the sprints. Seniors Karin Shriner (12.70) and Becca Houk (12.72) went one-two in the girls 100-meter dash; Houk (25.70) and Shriner (26.26) went one-two in the 200. Oregon City freshman Maddy Griffith (1:02.33) finished not far back of McNairy in the 400.

The Pioneer girls relay team of Houk, Shriner, Jayde McCarthy and Griffith beat Lakeridge by over a second in the 4x100-meter relay.

Oregon City junior Miranda Nelson turned in an impressive distance double, winning the 1,500 in 5:12.25, and the 3,000 in 11:12.12.

Oregon City sophomore Jenna Hoiland drew some attention in the triple jump, where she soared 34-10-1/2, just six inches shy of McNairy’s winning leap.

With the dual-meet loss, Oregon City girls slipped to 1-1 on the dual-meet season.

The Pioneers return to TRL competition this afternoon, when they battle Clackamas on the road.

The Pioneers entertain cross-river rival West Linn on Wednesday, April 30.

Freshman runs

the 100 in 11.58

The Pioneers had several outstanding performances on Saturday, when they took some of their top athletes to Eugene’s Hayward Field for the Oregon Relays. Oregon City scored 28 points and placed 20th in the combined boys and girls team scoring. Federal Way (111-1/2) and Eastlake (95) out of Washington were the top teams. Sheldon (92-1/2) placed third overall for the top showing by an Oregon team.

“There were 50 total teams,” said Thygeson. “So to finish in the top 20 overall, and top 12 for Oregon, is something we can be proud to have accomplished.”

The Pioneers had two athletes place in the top three at the Oregon Relays.

Easton Christensen launched the spear a personal record 184-7 for third place in the boys javelin; and Jake Harthun raced to an 11.58 clocking for third place in the boys 100-meter dash.

Harthun’s time tied Oregon City’s freshman class record for the 100, set by Justin Cornejo in 2010.

Kyle Anderson was impressive in the pole vault, where he cleared an outdoor personal best of 13-5-1/4, good for fourth place.

Oregon City’s girls 4x100-meter relay team of Karrin Shriner, N’Dea Flye, Maddy Griffith and Becca Houk placed seventh (50.31), and Oregon City’s boys distance medley relay team of James Swyter, Harthun, Jordan Howell and Al Lacey placed seventh (10:57.38).

Maddy Griffith placed eighth in the girls 100, with a personal record time of 13.31.