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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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Local bowlers win in pro-am


Larry Robinson and Dick Lynch finish atop their divisions in Milwaukie Bowls Dave Husted Pro-Am no-tap tournament

Two bowlers from Milwaukie were winners in the recent Dave Husted Pro-Am no-tap bowling tournament, held at Milwaukie Bowl.by: JOHN DENNY - Larry Robinson, 74, had a three-game series that was 229 pins above his average, and it earned him first place in the Super Senior Division of the Dave Husted Pro-Am Tournament.

Larry Robinson, 74, and his professional partners finished on top in a 58-bowler field in the Super Senior Division, for bowlers 70 and over; Dick Lynch, 65, finished first in a field of 61 bowlers in the Senior Division.

Robinson had no-tap games of 167, 210 and 227, for a 604 series. His three professional partners — Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Andy Solberg of Vancouver, Wash., and Craig Tuholski of Troutdale — combined for an 807 series.

Lynch had no-tap games of 266, 242 and 244, for a 752 series. His professional partners — Blaine Weninger of Happy Valley, Andrew Graff of Las Vegas, and Solberg — combined for an 815 series.

The no-tap format credited bowlers with a strike any time they got an actual strike or when they got nine out of the 10 pins on their first ball.

by: JOHN DENNY - Dick Lynch“A lot of it us luck,” said Lynch, a retired engineering designer for the Port of Portland. “Drawing good pros and luck on how you do. I don’t have a great average, so I was really lucky.”

Two of the pros that Lynch bowled with, Weninger and Graff, placed second and third respectively in the PBA Dave Husted Open, which was held in conjunction with the pro-am. Warren finished atop the 58-bowler professional field, averaging 249, with a total pinfall of 4,984 for 20 regulation games. Weninger tallied 4,882, for a 244 average; Graff tallied 4,751, for a 238 average.

Lynch, who has lived in Milwaukie for the past 40 years, says he took up the game of bowling 30 years ago, accompanying his wife Geri as they competed in a mixed league.

Dick and Geri have ben regulars in the Early Comers League at Kellogg Bowl, and they’ve bowled in the Super Bowl summer league at Milwaukie Bowl the past two summers.

“I don’t get into the serious leagues,” Lynch said. “It’s just for the fun of it, the enjoyment of having a night out.”

Lynch says he carried a 167 average in the Early Comers League last winter, but he isn’t satisfied.

“I used to get the league awards for low average and low game,” said Lynch. “But I’ve been working on my game with Jeff (Combs) and Dave (Husted) at Milwaukie this past year, and it’s helped.”

The no-tap format agrees with Lynch. He and his wife won first place in a doubles no-tap tournament at Milwaukie Bowl last spring.

Lynch boasts an all-time high game of 256 and a high series of 650.

Lynch has other hobbies besides bowling. He says he also enjoys camping, fishing and hunting; he and his wife own a couple of horses, which they board in Gresham; and he is a member of the Portland-based Austin Healey Club.

“I own a 1961 Austin Healey that’s in many pieces and is in the process of being restored,” Lynch said.

Handicap pivotal

for Larry Robinson

“I won it on handicap,” Robinson said of his victory in the Super Senior Division of the pro-am. “The 167 was better than my league high for all season.”

Robinson’s 604 no-tap series was 229 pins over his average.

Robinson bowls in the Humana Senior League at Milwaukie Bowl, where he carries a 125 average and an 85-pin-per-game handicap.

His background in bowling dates all the way back to the mid-50’s, when he worked part-time as a “pin boy” at St. John’s Bowl, while a student at Roosevelt High School.

“It was dangerous (being a pin boy),” Robinson recalls. “Sometimes pins would fly up, and you had to work real quick. Sometimes bowlers wouldn’t wait until you got out of the pit.

“I did it for two years and there were some close calls, but I never got hit.”

Robinson also remembers when pins were made of wood, instead of plastic.

Robinson has bowled pretty regularly since 1965, when he was named most improved bowler for his league while he was in the military, stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

He once rolled a 257 at Jantzen Beach Bowl, and nine years ago he rolled a 609 series at Hollywood Bowl.

A retired retail graphic artist, Robinson has lived in Oregon for most of his 74 years.

This year’s Dave Husted Pro-Am was Robinson’s first tournament victory.

“I bowled in the pro-am tournament three years ago and didn’t do so well,” said Robinson. “I had K-Mart shoes. They fell apart while I was bowling and I had to use house shoes.... I practiced this summer (in preparation for this year’s pro-am), and I think that helped.”

Robinson says he enjoys bowling “because it’s something to do in the winter, and I’m better at this than I was at golf.”

When he isn’t bowling, Robinson said he enjoys hiking. He also belongs to a local gym, where he lifts weights and does aerobics “a couple of times a week.”

This year was the 34th consecutive year that Milwaukie Bowl has hosted a pro-am.