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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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'Clear eyes. Full heart. Can't lose'


Clackamas is district champion in 9-10 Little League

by: DAVID BALL - Timmy Hyne was all smiles as he was greeted by his teammates after hitting a home run in last weeks championship game of the 2014 District 2 9-10 All-Star Baseball Tournament. Clackamas trounced Gresham 11-1 in the title game and Hynes roundtripper ignited a second-inning rally that staked the local team to an early 5-1 lead.Their battle cry at practices and games all season long was “Clear eyes. Full heart. Can’t lose.” And it paid dividends June 25 through July 2 as they left it all on the field at the Little League District 2 Championship Tournament, capturing the first-place team trophy and earning a spot in the 2014 Little League State Championship Tournament.

They are the Clackamas Little League Gold 9-10 baseball team. There are 13 boys on the team. Eleven live in Milwaukie and two are from Oregon City. They first came together as all-stars in mid-June, and they’ve taken District 2 by storm.

“They really bought into [our mantra],” said Noah Salvione, who is one of three coaches of the standout 9-10 team. “They chant it at every practice and before and after every game. ‘Clear eyes. Full heart. Can’t lose.’

“They played with a lot of focus, emotion and grit. They played smart and they played tough. They were a really special group of boys. Everyone had their roles and everyone contributed in some way. They were a really neat team to be a part of.”

Salvione explained the meaning of the mantra: “If you play your best and give it your all, you’re winners, no matter what, win or lose. These boys were winners!”

The tournament championship is all the more gratifying for the team and their coaches, because it’s thought to be the first time a Clackamas Little League 9-10 baseball team has won a district championship.

by: DAVID BALL - Travis Varner turns on the after-burners as he heads for third base in the championship game.Clackamas Gold breezed to victory in three of its four games of the double elimination championship tournament, defeating Gresham all-stars 11-1 in the championship game, after early tournament wins over Reynolds (7-2) and Barlow (9-1).

Their only tough game came in the semifinal, where they had to rally from a 5-1 late-game deficit to beat Gresham 6-5.

“We play six innings and we were behind 5-1 heading into the fifth inning,” Salvione said.

Clackamas Gold tied things up with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, after holding Gresham scoreless in the top of the fifth, despite some drama.

There were some defensive heroics in the top of the fifth. With one down, a Gresham baserunner was thrown out at second, in attempting to stretch a single into a double. Second baseman Peyton Levi made the tag, taking the relay from shortstop Vinny Salvione, on a throw in from centerfielder Travis Varner.

Gresham then loaded the bases on a walk and two singles, before Salvione made an unassisted putout at second base to end the inning.

Christopher Lynch fired up Clackamas in the bottom of the fifth with a lead-off triple. Lynch scored on a base hit by J.D. Hayes, and Salvione brought Lynch around with a one-out triple. With two down, Ethan Anderson drew a walk. Salvione scored on a wild pitch, and pinch runner Jude Sumner scored on a double by Jackson Brown, and it was a 5-5 tie ball game.

There were more defensive heroics in the top of the sixth. Brown made the play on a deep pop up for the first out. The next batter tried to make second on an overthrow at first base. Right fielder Tim Hyne collected the miscue and fired to Salvione, who made the throw to Brown in time to make a tag for the second out of the inning. Following a double and a base hit, Hyne flagged down a fly ball hit to deep right field, ending Gresham’s half of the inning.

Lynch and Hayes both hustled for infield singles with one down in the bottom of the sixth. Devin Poling then plated Lynch with a ground ball to second for the game-winner.

The title game with Gresham was called in the fourth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule. Clackamas took charge in the second inning, rallying around a solo home run by Hyne and run-scoring doubles by Anderson and Brown to build a 5-1 advantage.

Anderson hit a home run in the Barlow game for Clackamas’ only other roundtripper of the district tournament.

The local all-stars put the title game away in the fourth, when they added six more runs. The game hit the mercy rule with only one out in the inning after Owen Cote lofted a single over the head of Gresham’s first baseman’s head, scoring Hyne from second for an 11-1 Clackamas lead. Brown hammered a two-run double and Hyne had a run-scoring double in the big inning.

by: SUBMITTED - With a right to be proud, Clackamas 9-10 Gold All-Stars pose for a team picture following their rout of Gresham in the champion game of the Little League District 2 Tournament. Pictured are: (front row, from left) Timmy Hyne, Jude Sumner, Owen Cote, Ethan Anderson, Peyton Levi, Devon Poling and Christopher Lynch; manager Mike Levi, J.D. Hayes, Jackson Brown, Jackson ONeil, coach Scott Anderson, coach Troy Grimmer, coach Noah Salvione, Travis Varner, Colin Grimmer and Vinny Salvione.Members of the standout Clackamas team include: Christopher Lynch (left field), Ethan Anderson (catcher/first base/pitcher), Jackson O’Neil (outfield), Owen Cote (third base/pitcher), Colin Grimmer (first base/shortstop/pitcher), J.D. Hayes (outfield), Vinny Salvione (shortstop/pitcher), Jackson Brown (first base/third base/pitcher), Travis Varner (centerfield), Jude Sumner (outfield), Devin Poling (outfield), Peyton Levi (second base) and Timmy Hyne (right field).

Levi and Hyne are from Oregon City. The rest of the players are from Milwaukie and will feed Milwaukie and Rex Putnam high school baseball programs.

Coaching with Noah Salvione were Scott Anderson and Troy Grimmer. Mike Levi was manager.

The team now heads for Bend, where they will join eight other district champions in the Little League 9-10 State Championship Tournament, which begins on July 18.