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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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Dedicated coalition brings library vision to reality


“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

—Andrew Carnegie

Mr. Carnegie’s quote sums up what our community did to pass the $6 million library bond measure. Over 100 years ago he had the vision for the role libraries would play in the future. Our Carnegie Library was built with a grant from Mr. Carnegie with the stipulations that it be built of brick to withstand time and placed on a large piece of property to accommodate a future expansion. On May 20, Oregon City voters brought this vision closer to a reality.

by: PHOTO BY: COREY BUCHANAN - Oregon City Carnegie Library supporters gather May 20 at the KC Midway Pub on Seventh Street to celebrate the election results.I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all the people who worked on the campaign for Ballot Measure 3-345. First I would like to thank Former Mayor Alice Norris for convening a group of interested individuals and providing us with a game plan. We had a very diverse committee of volunteers on the PAC that brought their own particular strengths to the team. Thank you, PAC members, for meeting every week for the past several months and getting the word out to the community.

From here I am going to list all the other team members that showed their support in various ways:

Rep. Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) and Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-Canby, Redland and Beavercreek) who crossed party lines to write a letter of support

Jim Scheppke, state of Oregon librarian (retired), letter of support

Luana Luther, League of Women voters of Clackamas County and Joan Batten, LWV library study chairwoman, letter of support

Alice Norris, former mayor of Oregon City, letter of support

Cynthia Towle, PAC member, letter of support

Mayor Doug Neeley, argument in favor in the Voters’ Pamphlet

The Oregon City Business Alliance, argument in favor in Voters’ Pamphlet

The Oregon City Library Foundation Board, argument in favor in Voters’ Pamphlet

PAC members, argument in favor in Voters’ Pamphlet

Amber Holveck, Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, argument in favor in Voters’ Pamphlet

Hamlet of Beavercreek members who helped canvass

Last but definitely not in the least, the editorial staff of the Oregon City News /Clackamas Review for placing letters of support and the writing the editorial “We also love Oregon City’s library plan.”

OK, one more person to thank, Maureen Cole, Oregon City library director, who had the vision to show good stewardship of finances in order to create a “savings” account for the expansion.

I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone because everyone deserves credit for helping to pass this bond measure. Thank you, Oregon City! Now the work begins on what this new expansion will look like, so stay involved. The job isn’t over yet!

My most heartfelt gratitude!

Lynda Orzen

PAC chairwoman

Oregon City Friends of the Library chairwoman

County voters tired of dirty politics

With the May 20 election, the voters of Clackamas County are telling us, “We want Paul Savas and Jim Bernard.”

Congratulations, commissioners Paul Savas and Jim Bernard. Dirty politics are not what we want in Clackamas County.

We want outstanding commissioners that make the citizens proud. They do an excellent job for the people, and that is why we re-elected them.

I hope that Karen Bowerman and Stephen Bates have learned their lesson. Mud slinging is bad business for all.

Shame on Chairman John Ludlow for his nasty letter sent to the citizens about Paul Savas and Jim Bernard. It is time to work with all county commissioners. We elected them all to represent us.

Chair Ludlow, you will be up for election in two years.

Jo Haverkamp

Oregon City

New positive course for our county

Rural Clackamas County has seen a lot of negative campaigns funded by out-of-state special interests these last few years.

But with the outcome of last week’s primary election, Clackamas County voters sent a strong message: We want local leaders who get results.

Families in Clackamas County chose Paul Savas and Jim Bernard to continue to represent us on the Clackamas County Commission because they’re sick of negative campaign tactics and special interests, but most importantly, because these are leaders with a proven track record who can bring people together.

Watching the election results roll in made me proud of our county and even more optimistic about my campaign. It is clear that rural Clackamas County is ready to elect trusted local leaders who care about the unique issues facing our communities.

My campaign for State Senate will be a challenge. We can win in November and set a new positive course for our county and our communities with the help of people who care, like you. To join the campaign and be part of another win for rural Clackamas County, please consider donating to my campaign.

I think we can agree: It’s time for Clackamas County to move forward together.

Jamie Damon

Eagle Creek

Just you wait, Milwaukie

Looking at the dated Max system in Gresham, you see neglected, dilapidated facilities.

With the exception of the ostentatious Rockwood station, the stations are showing their age and being ignored by movers and shakers of the system. If you stop at Gresham City Hall, the signage is literally peeling away from the surfaces, and I can’t imagine how embarrassed Mayor Bemis must be to have this outside of his City Hall.

If you live in Portland however, the system is generally well kept as you get closer the Willamette and don’t forgot the crown jewel of the new Milwaukie System; Tillikum Crossing. Just wait Milwaukie, we here in Gresham remember those days of having a shiny station with that “new train smell” too.

Give it about 20 years and you too will realize that TriMet only believes in being reactive to new transit needs but lacks any awareness of being proactive in preserving its history.

Jon Bell


Insulted by extremist ravings

I am surprised that this newspaper printed “How do citizens receive and secure their rights?” as an “opinion” piece. It was, in fact, nothing more than a National Rifle Association propaganda statement that should have been treated as advertising.

On the other hand, it is not surprising that Mr. Martwick has been advised against running an essay contest based on the writing of Stephen Halbrook, whose work as an apologist for the gunslinger mentality ranks alongside “Mein Kampf,” “The Communist Manifesto” and other extremist ravings. Most educators will see this “contest” for what it is: just another attempt by the NRA to recruit children into their paranoid ranks.

Moreover, the writer’s use of “minuteman” in his email address is an insult to my son and every other National Guard or Reserve volunteer who has stepped forward to serve both at home and in war zones abroad. Our citizen soldiers who respond to the call of their country are the true descendants of the revolutionary minutemen, not self-appointed militia gunmen whose role includes harassing local residents while supporting law-breakers like Cliven Bundy.

Peter Bellamy

Oregon City