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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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Violet Ruth Andreas

Aug. 12, 1927 - Oct. 28, 2012

Oregon City resident Violet Ruth Andreas died on Oct. 28 at age 85.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1927, in Gervais, Ore., to Louise and Earl Dunn. She was raised in Gervais, where she attended high school.

She was a housewife and mother, and volunteered at Willamette Falls Hospital in her younger years. Her hobbies included word puzzles, and visiting with family and friends. She lived in Gladstone from 1954 to 1973, and then moved to Milwaukie in 1973 to 1977. Her husband’s job made a transfer to Keizer where they made their home from 1977 to 1992. She moved back to Milwaukie in December 1992 to 2006. From 2006 to 2012 she lived in Oregon City.

Mrs. Andreas is survived by: her daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Cyr (Steve) from Beaverton, Diane Courtney (Jack) from Woodburn and Patti McDowell (Dave) from Milwaukie; brothers, Ron Dunn from Milwaukie, and Leroy Dunn from West Linn; sister, Pat from Thousand Oaks, Calif.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Frank Roy Andreas, preceded her in death in 1992.

A memorial service was held Nov. 4 at the Meadows Courtyard in Oregon City, followed by interment at Willamette National Cemetery.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Letha Marie Vercher Clewis

Jan. 23, 1949 - Oct. 27, 2012

Letha Marie Vercher Clewis died on Oct. 27 in Milwaukie; she was 63.

She was born on Jan. 23, 1949, in Westlake, La. She was raised primarily in Fresno, Calif., and graduated from Edison High School.

She moved to Oregon in 1979, and worked many years in production for the aerospace industry. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, cooking, family barbecues, and eating vanilla ice cream — her favorite.

Mrs. Clewis is survived by: husband, Troy Clewis; son, Larry Smith; daughter-in-law, Dina Hawley; daughter, Letrese Smith; grandchildren, Ryan Hawley, Kiarra Smith, Zachery Smith, Larry Smith Jr., Xavier Smith, Shaletha Smith, Tequaila Smith, Shaundrika Smith, Mercedes Smith and Timmy Smith.

She was preceded in death by: son, Timothy Smith Sr.; and by her siblings, Evelyn, Carrie, Ada, Donnie, Ronnie, Wayne and Robert Vercher and Roosevelt Vercher Jr.

A memorial service was held at Tri-City Baptist Temple on Nov. 10; contact family for additional details.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center - Milwaukie.

Shirley Anita (Lundgren) Davis

 Feb. 9, 1931 - Nov. 3, 2012

 Shirley Anita (Lundgren) Davis passed away in West Linn on Nov. 3.

She was born in Oregon City and raised in West Linn; she attended Sunset Grade School and later graduated from West Linn High School in 1949. 

She and Orville (Pete) Davis were joined in marriage on Nov. 6, 1949, at Atkins Memorial Congregational Church in Oregon City.  A homemaker and mother, she also worked as a grocery clerk and in retail sales.  She enjoyed reading, playing piano and organ.  She loved cooking, roller skating, the Portland Trailblazers and traveling.  She volunteered with Eastmoreland Osteopathic Hospital and the Girl Scouts, and was a member of the Stumblers Dance Club. 

Mrs. Davis is survived by: her husband, Orville (Pete) Davis; son, Gary Davis; daughter, Mary Johnson; brother, Bruce Lundgren; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by: her son, Dan Davis; daughter, Nancy Webb; and her parents, Marjorie and Clarence Lundgren.

A celebration of life for Mrs. Davis will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Sunset Fire Hall in West Linn. Contributions may be made to the Heart Association or hospice organization of your choice.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center - Milwaukie.

Clarence R. Isaac

Oct. 27, 1924 - Nov. 2, 2012

Clarence R. Isaac passed away on Nov. 2, at age 88.

He was born on Oct. 27, 1924, in Orvid, Colo., to Samuel and Clara Isaac. He served honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army.

He lived in the Gladstone, Oregon City and Milwaukie area for over 60 years, and was the owner of Oregon City Fuel and Ice. He then worked for 7up Bottling in Oregon City and went on to work and then retired as a driver/salesman for the Spear Beverage Co.

He was a member of the Oregon City Elks and enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing.

Mr. Isaac is survived by: children; Pamela and Gordon Isaac; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Monday, Nov. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel in Oregon City.

Raymond Verne Moyle

May 20, 1921 - Oct. 31, 2012

Raymond Verne Moyle passed away on Oct. 31, in Milwaukie, from complications due to a stroke.

He was born on May 20, 1921, in Strawberry Point, Iowa. He moved to Oregon in 1944 and married Ethel Nielsen; they had five children: Barbara, Sandra, Gary, Donna and Kenneth.

Mr. Moyle worked as a long-haul trucker and part-time longshoreman.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald.

He will be missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Moyle’s remains will be interred at River View Cemetery near his mother, Alma Carnicle, at a time and date yet to be determined.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Ellen C. Kelleher

Aug. 30, 1919 to Nov. 4, 2012

Ellen C. Kelleher died on Nov. 4, at the age of 93.

She was born on Aug. 30, 1919, in Interior, S.D., and spent the majority of her life in Lake Oswego, where she worked as a hair stylist at The Bob Shop. She moved to Woodburn in 1991.

She is survived by: sons, Don and Phil Kelleher; six grandchildren; 11 great-grand children; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by Donald W. Kelleher in 1993.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Robert Allen Nodurft

Feb. 1, 1947- Nov. 8, 2012

Robert Allen Nodurft passed away on Nov. 8, peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Feb. 1, 1947.

A lifelong resident of West Linn and Oregon City, he worked as a meat cutter for many years, then as a sheetmetal worker, from which he retired. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and fishing; he loved watching his grandson playing sports and cheering him on and was known for “overfeeding” his family and friends whenever he got the chance.

He married Patricia Alexander in 1967, and together they raised two daughters.

He is survived by: wife, Patricia; daughters, Christine (Doug) Thompson and Stephanie Nodurft; brothers, Bud, Ken and Larry Nodurft; sisters, Karen Bietschek and Janet Carlos; and is Jacob Thompson’s beloved “Papa.”

A funeral service was held on Nov. 13, at Hillside Chapel in Oregon City. Visit hillsidechapelfh.com to view his online memorial and leave a memory for the family, or call 506-656-4285.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel in Oregon City.

Dee Charles Overacker

Nov. 14, 1933 - Oct. 24, 2012

Dee Charles Overacker died on Oct. 24 in Clackamas at age 78.

He was born on Nov. 14, 1933, in Oakland, Calif. He was raised in California, moved to Oregon in 1977, and from 1954 to 1956 served in the U.S. Army, receiving a National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

On June 3, 1956, he and Angela Logsdon were married in Redwood City, Calif. He worked in management in the grocery industry. For most of his life he enjoyed fishing and boating.

Mr. Overacker is survived by: wife, Angela Overacker; sons, Daniel Overacker and Dee Overacker Jr.; brother, Don Overacker; and five grandchildren.

A service of remembrance for Mr. Overacker will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Princeton Village, 14370 S.E. Oregon Trail Drive, Clackamas.

His remains are to be interred at Willamette National Cemetery earlier the same day.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center - Milwaukie.