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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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Tri-Valley baseball ends in a four-team logjam


Tri-Valley Conference baseball ended up a four-team tie for the conference championship, with Gladstone (17-8), La Salle (15-7), Estacada (14-11) and North Marion (20-6) all finishing up with 10-5 records in league.

Based on the TVC tiebreaking formula, North Marion, Estacada, Gladstone and La Salle will be seeded first through fourth respectively in postseason play.

All four teams advance to postseason play because of their high placement in the OSAA RPI rankings. Heading in the postseason, North Marion, Gladstone, La Salle and Estacada were ranked fourth, sixth, seventh and 16th respectively out of the 43 Class 4A programs.

Gladstone and Estacada showed up big-time in last week’s league games to bring about the four-way tie for first place.

Gladstone won all three of its must-win games, defeating North Marion 4-0, La Salle 10-5 and Molalla 5-1.

Estacada dropped Madras 12-2, Molalla 4-2 and La Salle 1-0, and the Rangers gave North Marion a run for its money in an 8-4 loss.

“I’m happy with the way these kids have performed in our last four games,” said Gladstone coach Casey Webster. “After we lost to Estacada (4-0 on May 7), we told the kids it was a four-game season. They had to win all four of our remaining league games to keep our season going. Now they’re league champs, and I couldn’t be prouder. It’s been fun to watch. Hopefully we can keep it going.”

Last week’s wins over North Marion and La Salle did not come easily.

Gladstone scored all four of its runs in the sixth inning of the 4-0 win over the Huskies.

In the sixth, junior Ben Fox followed up a single by senior Mitchell Foeller with a double to bring the winning run across. Senior A.J. Swalko followed with a drag-bunt single; Trask Telesmanich drew a walk; and senior Chris Toh forced in a second run when he reached on a fielder’s choice. Junior Austin Krieger kept the rally going with a run-scoring safety squeeze, and sophomore Andrew Gross (2-for-3) capped things off with a run-scoring single.

Telesmanich was sharp on the mound for Gladstone, striking out eight and walking two in a 2-hitter.

“Trask was dialed in,” said Webster. “He had all of his pitches working.”

Webster said that Telesmanich only threw 88 pitches in the seven-inning game. His teammates played error-free defense behind him.

Trailing 5-1 through the first four innings, the Gladiators had to rally from behind to beat their cross-town rivals. They scored two unanswered runs in the fifth frame, two more in the sixth, and five in the top of the seventh.

“We’ve been talking with the guys about playing seven complete innings and they did just that [in the La Salle game],” Webster said. “We got behind, but they battled, and kept chipping away.”

Telesmanich and Toh were big in the sixth inning. Fox and Swalko led off the inning with base hits and Fox scored on a double by Telesmanich. Toh followed with a run-scoring groundout, and it was a 5-5 ball game.

The Gladiators scored all five of the runs in the seventh inning after there were two outs.

Collin Betnar got things started in the seventh with a base hit. Swalko singled, and Telesmanich singled to bring the winning run around.

Toh reached as a hit batsman and Krieger walked to force in a run. Gross rapped a two-run single. Sophomore Trey DePretto got hit by a pitch, and Foeller drew a run-scoring walk to round out the rally.

Each team had 12 hits. Swalko (3-for-5, 3 runs), Telesmanich (3-for-4, 2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Gross (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and Toh (triple and 2 RBI) led the attack for Gladstone.

Kelly Krumm (2-for-4, home run) and Dane Maben (3-for-4) led La Salle at the plate.

Krieger, Swalko and senior Cody Swenson all took a turn on the mound for Gladstone. Swenson and Swalko allowed just four hits in five innings of relief. Swalko made it 3-up and 3-down in the seventh, when he sent two batters down swinging.

Telesmanich (8 strikeouts, 2 walks, 6 hits, one earned run) pitched shutout ball through the first six innings of the Molalla game.