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ORTONVILLE LADY TROJANS began practice for the 2011-2012 basketball season last week at Trojan Gym. Twenty-seven girls in grades 9-12 reported forpractice, gearing up for the season opener on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Benson. Head Coach Bob Foley will be assistedby Ivy Lovgren. Minn. drivers unprepared for holiday travel mayhem Almost half (45 percent) of Ameri- can drivers say they plan on taking a road trip of two or more hours during the upcoming holiday season. That's according to the Allstate 2011 Good Hands RoadsideSM Assistance Survey, which also found that drivers, despite having considerable experience with disabled vehicles, underestimate the chance they will encounter mayhem on the road. The survey reveals that the average American driver has experienced more than four individual instances of a dis- abled vehicle, and nearly two in three have suffered some form of inconven- ience or delay because of it. One in five Americans has been stranded for more than two hours due to a disabled vehi- cle. Yet 84 percent of drivers say it's not likely that they would find themselves in a situation where their car is not dri- vable due to a mechanical breakdown or a number of other common prob- lems. This sense of security is even shared by 82 percent of those who have personally experienced four or more such situations. Break down Despite what drivers say they think will happen, the reality is that the over- whelming majority of Americans have experienced an auto breakdown or other situation: • Seventy-nine percent have experi- enced a flat tire, 77 percent have had a dead car battery, 68 percent had a car that wouldn't start, and 67 percent have been in an accident. • Fifty-nine percent say they have locked keys in the car, 33 percent have lost keys, 38 percent have run out of gas, and 36 percent have had their car vandalized, broken into or stolen. Maintenance has its benefits Many occurrences of disabled vehi- cles happen as a result of unforeseen accidents, unavoidable circumstances, or simply bad luck - situations over which drivers have little or no control. But the survey reveals there may be a correlation between how frequently drivers have routine maintenance per- formed on their vehicles and the oc- currence of a disabled vehicle. • The 63 percent of drivers who say they keep up with all routine mainte- nance and service on their car report an average of 3.7 occurrences, while driv- ers who report less frequent mainte- nance and service report 5.7 occurrences. • Drivers who keep up with all rou- tine maintenance are less likely than those who don't keep up with all main- tenance to have: • Had a dead battery (72 percent versus 87 percent) • Had a car that would not start (62 percent versus 80 percent) • Run out of gas (33 percent versus 46 percent) • Nearly a quarter of American driv- ers (22 percent) say the economic downturn has caused them to delay or skip routine maintenance of their car. Mr. and Ms. Fix-it Drivers express a high level of con- fidence in their own ability to fix com- mon problems that can occur to their cars while driving. • Solid majorities of Americans say they're confident in their ability to fix the following problems by themselves without help from another person: a flat tire (77 percent confident), an empty gas tank (87 percent), a dead battery (74 percent), keys locked in the car (69 percent), and a blown fuse (67 percent). • Regarding every one of these po- tential problems, men are considerably more confident in their abilities to fix the problem. The percentage saying they're "very confident" in their abil- ity to fix the following problems are: a flat tire (88 percent men/39 percent women), an empty gas tank (77 per- cent/60 percent), a dead battery (72 percent/39 percent), keys locked in the car (51 percent/39 percent), and a blown fuse (71 percent/29 percent). Survival of the most prepared Just 51 percent of American driveFs say they're confident that they would be able to survive with the items cur- rently in their car if they were stranded for up to three days. Men are signifi- cantly more confident in their ability to survive (62 percent) than women (40 percent). While most American drivers say they currently have the bare emergency essentials in their car, a much lower percentage report having the full list of recommended items, and many drivers say they're missing some crucial safety aids. • Ninety-five percent have a spare tire and 93 percent have a jack and tire iron. • Seventy-two percent have a flash light, 69 percent have jumper cables, 68 percent have a cell phone charger, and 60 percent have a basic automotive tool kit. • Fifty percent have a first aid kit and 47 percent have a warm blanket. • Just 30 percent say they have emergency drinking water, 24 percent say they have flares, and only 16 per- cent say they have emergency food. Who you gonna call? Fewer than three in 10 American drivers say that their first instinct would be to call a roadside assistance service in the case of a disabled vehicle during their average daily driving. In the case of a disabled vehicle far from home, however, American drivers would be nearly twice as likely to call a roadside assistance service. So who are they calling? • Forty percent say they would call a friend or family member, while 28 per- cent would try to fix the problem them- selves. Four percent would call the police, wait for other emergency assis- tance or flag down another driver. • Women are most likely to seek help from someone they know, with 54 percent saying their first instinct would be to call a friend or family member. • Men are most likely to take the "go it alone" route, with 44 percent saying their first instinct would be to try to fix the problem themselves. Twenty-five percent would call a friend or family member. Roadside assistance by the numbers • Sixty-one percent of Americans say they belong or subscribe to a road- side assistance service, but roadside as- sistance service membership varies by household income level. • Only 52 percent of those with a household income of less than $50,000 belong to a service, compared to 72 percent of those in $100,000+ house- holds. • Drivers with older cars are less likely to belong to a roadside assistance service. Eighty percent of drivers with a car one year old or newer belong to a service, compared to 64 percent of those with a two-to-five year-old car, 57 percent of those with a six-to-ten year-old car, and 56 percent of those with a car that is 10 years old or more. • Eighty percent of those who sub- scribe to a roadside assistance service have used it at least once, and 20 per- cent have used it five times or more. About Good Hands Roadside Good Hands Roadside Assistance, which Allstate introduced last year, is the first free:to-join, pay-per-use, road- side assistance service that is available to all drivers, not just Allstate cus- tomers. A member in need of roadside as- sistance can call 1-800-ALLSTATE and receive access to a 24/7 nationwide network of reputable towing compa- nies. The program offers pre-negoti- ated, flat rates that the average consumer may not be able to access without a membership. Consumers with passenger cars or light trucks will pay a flat rate of $75 for a tow up to 10 miles and $50 for other roadside events such as service for a flat tire, a dead battery or keys locked inside a car. About the Survey The survey of American drivers age 18 and over was conducted October 12-17, 2011, among a nationally repre- sentative sample of 1,000 American adults reached via landline and cell phone. The margin of error for the na- tional sample of drivers is :_3.1 percent. The survey was conducted by FTI Consulting, Inc. (vrI) for Allstate. ORTONVILLE'S GYMNASTICS TEAM goes through practice drills last week as the 2011-2012 season is under- way. A total of 24 girls reported for the first week of practice under Head Coach Becky Holtquist, who is in her 31st year as head coach of the OHS gymnastics team. The Trojans will open their season on Thursday, Dec. 8 host- ing Sisseton, SD. Assisting Coach Holtquist this season are Hillary Henrich and Sue Marsolek. IIIIIIIIIII III I .............. ,, . II IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII .' ......... OHS girls basketball season underway The winter sports season is off and running as the Ortonville girls basket- ball team officially began practice on Monday, Nov. 14. Second year Head Coach Bob Foley stited that 27 girls in grades 9- 1'2 reported for practice. Assisting " Foley this year is Coach Ivy Lovgren. This year's squad will be led by five seniors. They include Kara Helgeson, Rikki Roscoe, Emily Giese, Taylor Jones and Kaitlyn Meyer. Foley stated that practices have been going well. He said the athletes have been working very hard in antic- ipation of their first game which will be on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Benson. The Lady Trojans first home game of the year will be on Friday, Dec. 9 against the Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Wolverines. THREE OHS SENIORS will be leading this year's Ortonville Gymnastics team. Pictured from left to right are Kaitlyn Kottke, Destiny Eastman and Rachel Berger. Season underway for Trojan 2011-2012 gymnastics team skills. This season, the squad has picked up four athletes from Clinton- Graceville-Beardsley High School who show lots of potential and will be an asset to the team. Retuming letter winners are seniors Rachel Berger, Destiny Eastman and Kaitlyn Kottke; junior Hannah Eustice; sophomores Kirsten Giese, ShayRaye Redfleld and Mackenzie Streich; and eighth grader Kersten Cooper. The squad has only three weeks to prepare for its first home meet on Thursday, Dec. 8 against Sisseton, SD. Vault is usually an easy event to find enough competitors, however, beam, floor and uneven bars usually take a lit- tle more training to come our ready in that short of time. With numbers up this year, the coaches are hoping to see more depth on both squads with com- petitors. The Ortonville gymnastics team began practice on Monday, Nov. 14 in the National Guard Armory. Becky Holtquist will begin her 31st year as the Trojan head coach. Becky coached four years at Clear Lake, SD before taking over as coach at OHS. She will be assisted this year by Sue Marsolek and Hillary Henrich. The team has 24 athletes working hard on conditioning and drilling basic Better weather helps deer hunters on second weekend Better weather conditions for hunt- ing and a Friday holiday for some were the likely reasons deer registrations climbed to within seven percent of the 2010 season-to-date level after the sec- ond weekend of the 2011 firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota De- partment of Natural Resources (DNR). Final numbers from the second weekend show that hunters have har- vested 143,000 deer so far in 2011, down only seven percent from the 2010 to-date harvest of 153,000. Dur- ing the second weekend, hunters regis- tered approximately 27,000'deer com- pared with about 22,000 last year. "Veterans Day usually falls during the week, meaning many hunters have only Saturday and Sunday to hunt," said Lou Cornicelli, DNR wildlife re- search manager. 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