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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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Glad diamondmen win state


The Gladiators go 4-0 at the 2014 Junior State Division I Championship Tournament

by: JULIE SALTARES - Gladstone High School baseball players did themselves and their community proud last weekend, winning the state championship in the top division of Junior State Baseball. Pictured are members of the standout team: (front row, left to right) Branden Loehr, Daniel Contreras, Devin Neer, Austin Krieger, Trey DePretto and Tyrus Coady; and (back row) coach Mark Rourke, Logan Saltares, Trask Telesmanich, Ryan Kelner, Andrew Gross, coach Rob Staehle, Carter Watts, Collin Betnar, Ben Fox, Darnell Washington and head coach Casey Webster.What a summer!

Gladstone High School’s top summer baseball team capped off a tremendous summer season, going 4-0 and winning the Junior State Division I State Championship Tournament, played at Western Oregon University July 24-27.

The Gladiators dropped Scappoose 10-2 in Sunday afternoon’s state tournament final, after advancing through wins over McNary (8-1), defending Junior State state champion Summit (7-5) and Dallas (6-3).

Their summer win-loss record was 22-9. They had advanced to the state tournament by going 10-4 in their summer league and tying Scappoose for first place. They had split with the Indians, losing 15-14, and winning 5-2, in league play.

Pitching and hitting were huge for the Gladiators at the state tournament. They out-hit their four state tournament opponents 40-20, and they had a team batting average of .347 for the state tournament, led by senior centerfielder Ben Fox (.538, 7-for-13), sophomore pitcher/infielder Logan Saltares (.461, 6-for-13), senior pitcher/infielder Trask Telesmanich (.444, 4-for-9), and senior outfielder Collin Betnar (.428, 6-for-14).

Gladstone senior Austin Krieger pitched complete games in the 8-1 win over McNary on July 24 and in the 10-2 win over Scappoose on Sunday. Telesmanich went the distance on the mound in the 7-5 win over Summit and Saltares pitched a complete game in Saturday’s 6-3 semifinal win over Dallas.

“I think this is our first ever [state title in Junior Baseball],” said Gladstone coach Casey Webster. “This was a special group. We had a team where everyone likes each other. They play together and they swing the bats. Everyone contributes. They love the game and they’ve played well all season. They’re fun to be around.”

Krieger, Telesmanich, Tyrus Coady and Fox played huge roles during the state tournament.

Krieger was dynamite in Sunday’s championship final with the Indians, striking out eight and walking no one, while yielding five scattered hits and just one earned run. He threw only 83 pitches and 61 of them were strikes.

“He had command of all of his stuff and he got better as the game went along,” said Webster. “His curve was on, he had a nice change going, and he located his fastball well.”

Krieger’s teammates supported him with near error-free defense, committing just one error.

When Telesmanich pitched in the 7-5 win over Summit, it was his first time pitching in a month — because of a broken finger on his throwing hand.

“We’d missed his pitching and his bat,” said Webster. “Without Trask, I don’t know that we win the state tournament. Having him able to pitch helped out a lot.”

Just prior to the state tournament, Webster learned that he would be without catcher Branden Loehr, who was diagnosed with mononucleosis. Coady, who had played designated hitter and some first base, stepped in in Loehr’s absence and caught every inning of the state tournament.

“Tyrus stepped it up and did a great job for us,” said Webster. “He was solid.”

“Ben Fox is a player,” Webster said. “He gets on base and he’s got speed. The other kids feed off of him. And the rest of the kids aren’t too shabby. Scappoose’s coach commented after the game, ‘Everyone on your team hits the ball.’ We take pride in our hitting. It’s been a strength for us all season.”

The Gladiators brought their bats with them in Sunday’s final with the Indians, pounding out 11 hits and scoring runs in six of the seven innings. They went up 3-1 with two runs in the top of the third and were in the driver’s seat the rest of the way.

Fox (3-for-3, double, triple, 3 runs scored), Betnar (3-for-4, double, 2 RBI) and Krieger (2-for-5, 4 RBI, 2 runs) led the offensive attack in the final.

The Gladiators played some of their finest baseball of the summer in Saturday’s state tournament semifinal with Dallas. They played near error-free ball behind Logan Saltares (3 strikeouts, 5 walks), who pitched a complete game, yielding just four hits and one earned run, while throwing shutout ball from the third inning on.

“It was another really good game by both teams,” Webster said.

Nursing a 4-3 lead, the Gladiators put the game away in a controversial seventh inning, when they brought two more runs around.

Trask Telesmanich drew a walk to lead off the top of the seventh. He stole second and advanced to third on an infield single by Collin Betnar.

Betnar stole second and Darnell Washington followed with a base hit to left field. Telesmanich scored on the single, and Betnar was award home on defensive interference when he collided with a defender, while heading to third base.

“I was sending him home and he would have made it anyway,” Webster said.”There was some controversy. Their coach said Collin tripped, but there was definitely some contact.”

The Gladiators closed out the inning in top form. After Dallas’ leadoff hitter singled, Saltares handled a comebacker and turned it into a double play, making the play to Andrew Gross at second base, who relayed the ball to first baseman Austin Krieger. The next batter grounded out to Trey DePretto at third base to end the game.

Betnar (2-for-4) had a two-run double in the first inning; Ben Fox had a run-scoring base hit and Andrew Gross (2-for-4, triple and double) had a run-scoring double in the second frame.

The Gladiators had their bats working, as they pounded out 13 hits in the 8-1 win over McNary. Krieger was sharp on the mound, striking out five and walking one, while giving up just four hits and no earned runs in seven full innings of work.

Fox (3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 3 stolen bases) and Saltares (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led the hitting barrage. Krieger and DePretto both came through with a pair of hits in three at bats.

The Gladiators took charge of the Summit game early, going ahead for good with a five-run second inning. Fox got things started in the inning when he forced in a run as a hit batter. Gross (3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI) followed with a two-run single, Krieger had a run-scoring sacrifice fly and Betnar plated what would prove the game-winner with a run-scoring base hit.

There was a little bit of drama in the bottom of the seventh frame when Summit narrowed Gladstone’s lead to 7-5 with a one-out RBI double. However Fox corralled a line drive in centerfield and Daniel Contreras chased down a fly ball in right field to end the inning and the game.

Trask Telesmanich struck out one batter, walked two, scattered seven hits, and allowed only two earned runs.