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TUSCALOOSA, ALA. — Tony Mitchell scored 20 points and Alabama held off an Ole Miss comeback attempt in a 74-64 victory over the Rebels on Saturday. The Crimson Tide (16-8, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) gave up most of a 23-point lead in the second half but managed to hold off the Rebels (16-9, 4-6) and end their three-game SEC winning streak. Alabama made only six field goals in the second half after building a 47-27 halftime cushion but the league’s top defensive team limited Ole Miss to 36 percent shooting. Chris Warren, the SEC’s No. 2 scorer, didn’t make a field goal until his 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:16 left for the Rebels. That cut it to 70-62 but it was too late. JaMychal Green had 15 points, six blocked shots and three steals for the Tide. Trevor Releford added 14 points, seven assists and three more steals. Mitchell came off the bench in what coach Anthony Grant called a “coach’s decision” to make 8 of 13 shots and reach 20 points for the fourth consecutive game. Warren hit only 2 of 10 baskets but the nation’s leading free throw shooter made 10 of 12 for the line to finish with 15 points. Zach Graham added 13 while Dundrecous Nelson hit three second-half 3-pointers to help spark the aborted rally and scored 11. Warren moved past Carlos Clark’s 1,822 points for third in school history. Nelson and Reginald Buckner, who was held to four points, both fouled out. Warren hit four straight from the line to cut Alabama’s lead to 65-59 with 2:22 left. Alabama’s Senario Hillman then drove for his only basket, drew a foul and hit the free throw. He made another from the line with 1:45 left to push it back to double digits. Green, Hillman and Releford combined to make 5 of 6 free throws after that. The Rebels had cut the big deficit to 56-47 with a 15-1 run just 8 minutes into the second half. Nelson and Nick Williams hit back-to-back 3s to punctuate the surge and Nelson added another one with 10:50 left. Alabama had only two field goals in the half before Green and Mitchell finally responded with consecutive putbacks. The Tide was 6-of-17 shooting after hitting 53 percent before halftime. The Tide was playing two nights after having a five-game winning streak ended with an 81-77 loss at No. 23 Vanderbilt. Alabama, which has won 11 of its last 13 games, didn’t endure the same fate as last season when the Rebels overcame a 23-deficit to beat the Tide. Mitchell came off for the bench for the second time in the past three games. He had 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting in just 10 minutes to pace Alabama to a 47-27 halftime lead, including a long jumper with 20 seconds for the final points of the half. The game was tight until Mitchell came off the bench 6 minutes into the game right after Releford’s 3-pointer put Alabama up 14-9. Alabama had made 5 of 29 3-pointers in its past two games, but was 5 of 9 at the half.

Big Auburn rally beats Mississippi State 65-62

The Associated Press • February 12, 2011
AUBURN, ALA. — Earnest Ross scored 21 points and Auburn used tenacious defense to overcome a 19-point second-half deficit and pull out its first Southeastern Conference home win of the season, 65-62 over Mississippi State on Saturday night.
The Tigers (9-15, 2-8), who trailed 51-32 with 11:25 to go, reeled off a 17-0 run over 3:53 to take a 62-58 lead on Josh Wallace’s three-point play with 26 seconds to go.
Auburn used three free throws to offset two Dee Bost layups over the final 26 seconds, with Ross’ two free throws with 3.5 seconds to go providing the final margin. Bost’s desperation halfcourt heave at the buzzer missed, giving Auburn its second conference win and sending Mississippi State (13-11, 5-5) to its first loss in three games. The Tigers’ comeback ranks among the biggest in program history, up there with a 22-point rally against Louisville in 1995 and a 19-pointer against LSU in 1999. Kenny Gabriel added 18 points for Auburn. Bost scored 22 for the Bulldogs, making 4 of 8 from beyond the arc. Mississippi State was 9 for 24 overall on 3-pointers, but was only 1 for 9 after the break. Renardo Sidney added nine points and 13 rebounds, but he and Kodi Augustus, who also finished with nine points, both fouled out down the stretch. A jumper by Sidney keyed an 11-0 Bulldogs run in the first half, giving them a 24-13 lead with 5:46 left in the half. They extended their lead to 19 points, 51-32, on a dunk by Augustus with 11:24 to go in the game. Auburn’s run started after another Augustus basket, one which he punctuated with a yell that drew a technical foul. Ross hit two free throws, Rob Chubb made a hook shot, Gabriel converted a three-point play, then coaxed a steal and dunk on the Bulldogs’ next possession to put Auburn on its way to the win. Both Chubb and Mississippi State’s Ravern Johnson returned from two-game suspensions Saturday. Chubb, whose suspension stemmed from a Jan. 30 arrest on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, attempting to elude a police officer and resisting arrest, scored six points in 16 minutes. Johnson, who was suspended for sending “inappropriate tweets” after a loss to Alabama, as well as violating a class attendance policy, scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 19 minutes.
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A shovel and toilet paper (in a waterproof container) are vital aspects of any backcountry privy construction. (Photos by Leon Pantenburg)

One of the most intimidating aspects of the outdoors for novice campers or beginners is very basic: Where’s the bathroom? Where will you do No. 2?

Story by Leon Pantenburg

When you gotta go, you gotta go. It doesn’t matter if you’re at the shopping mall or in the backcountry – when nature calls, you must answer. Generally, if you’re in established permanent campsites, there will be some sort of toilet available, so that’s probably not an issue.

If you’re camping, or setting up a campsite, one of the first and most important tasks is to set up the latrine.

Here’s how to build one, using re-cycled or commonly available stuff. This “technology” has been around Boy Scout and hunting camps for years.

This composting toilet is located near Cultus Lake, in Central Oregon.

Toilet seat: One of my favorite places to shop for building materials is the local Re-Store, where discounted building materials are for sale, with the proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Look around – scrap lumber and other things you need are easily found.

Plastic lawn chair with four straight legs: This can be the basis for the “throne.” Cut the middle out of the seat and replace it with your toilet seat. A box made out of scrape lumber is also popular. Make the height whatever you want. Dig a hole and place this structure over it. I could have gotten a toilet seat and lawn chair for $5 last week at the Re-Store.

Posts or some sort of uprights to attach tarps: This is the basis for the privacy structure that goes around the throne. Drive the posts in around the toilet structure and string the tarps on them. Obviously, trees, rocks or whatever can be improvised into the screen. If stormy weather is possible, you might want to rig a tarp over the whole setup to shed rain.

Small shovel: Use this to dig the privy hole and throw the dirt outside. Privy rules state that after each use, a shovelful or two of dirt should be thrown in. This eliminates smells and keeps the privy from attracting flies.

Waterproof toilet paper holder: This can be a coffee can with a lid, or large plastic bag. You really don’t want the rain to soak the toilet paper.

Your camp will establish its own privy use protocol, but here is one that works.

The shovel and toilet paper container are left on the path to the privy. Participants take these items with them as they go to use the facilities. When these items are gone, that is a sign the toilet is occupied. All campers call out when within hearing distance of the privy .

Once everything is done, the participant uses the shovel to toss some dirt in the hole. Then, all the implements are returned to the path for the next person.

When it’s time to move camp, the structure can easily be removed and the hole filled in.

Building a privy structure is easy and doesn’t take much time. In addition to keeping your camp more sanitary, the privy is also a comforting thing to newcomers. It can also provide one more familiar aspect to an unfamiliar environment.

Author’s Note: Here’s a quick backcountry toilet story:

In 1977, I was about four days into a 14-day backpacking solo through the Thoroughfare Creek area of Yellowstone’s backcountry. I hadn’t seen another person in two days, and the frequent bear tracks on the trail were making me really edgy. I got to the established campsite that evening, and found a nice picnic table, a brand new, immaculate Porta Potty and enough fresh bear prints to scare the crap out of me.

It was approaching dusk, so moving on was out of the question. I ate supper quickly and hung everything on the bear bag racks. But I still had to find a safe place to sleep.

A strong smell of antiseptic hung around the toilet. Reasoning that the smell would cover up my scent, I went inside the Porta Potty and twisted the latch to “occupied.” I got into my sleeping bag, sat down on the closed toilet seat, and leaned up against the wall to sleep. I dozed and slept fitfully until dawn, awaking at every imagined noise.

This story would be better if I had heard bears moving around all night, but thankfully, I didn’t hear a thing!

This story first appeared on Leon Pantenburg’s blog, Survival Common Sense. It has been reprinted here with permission from the author. Photos and video are courtesy Leon Pantenburg.

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Lessons from the past: Surviving an economic meltdown

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Hallowell-great-grandparents (All photos courtesy Leon Pantenburg)

Story by Leon Pantenburg

When the stock market crashed in 1929, the economy tanked, farm prices dropped, and my grandfather, Peter Pantenburg, lost the family farm in central Iowa. My people have been in that area since my great-great-grandfather, James Hallowell got a land grant after the Civil War and homesteaded in the late 1860s. My great-grandpa, Charles Hallowell, plowed the prairie for the first time in the 1870s with a John Deere breaking plow.

Leo Wirth moved his family to Wesley, Iowa, to find work. Here’s some of the kids, in – I think – the mid-1930s: Vincent, Alina, my mom, Mary, and Eldon.

My dad’s family went from being prosperous farmers to homeless in a matter of months.

My mom’s family had a similar story. Grandpa Leo Wirth also lost a farm, and he had a large family to feed.

Both families were destitute, but they weathered the storm and stayed intact. There were a lot of lessons learned about coping with economic disaster.

To put this in context: By 1930, according to history.com, four million Americans looking for work could not find it; that number had risen to six million in 1931. Meanwhile, the country’s industrial production had dropped by half.

My grandparents, Peter and Harriet Pantenburg, on their wedding day in June 1917.

By 1933, when the Great Depression reached its nadir, some 13 to 15 million Americans were unemployed, and nearly half of the country’s banks had failed, according to history.com.

The United States didn’t come out of the depression until 1939, at the beginning of World War II.

Despite the hard times, both families stayed intact. All their children turned out to be upstanding, successful people.

Here are some of the lessons learned:

Never give up: Leo moved his family to Wesley, Iowa, because he found work managing a gas station/garage at a Standard Station. Pete and Leo took whatever work they could find and did any jobs that were available. Neither sat around waiting for someone to help them out. Nobody expected any government help, and both men would have felt it demeaning to take assistance from anywhere.

My uncles Eldon, Vincent and Fredrick, and Grandfather Leo Wirth, probably in the late 1930s in Wesley, Iowa.

Figure out your resources and come up with a plan: Even though it was a good crop, Pete’s corn was not worth harvesting in 1930 with the low prices, so the family burned corn for heat one winter.

Some of the displaced farmers headed west or to other areas to look for work. Others tried to stay in place. Take an inventory of your resources and assets and use that list to decide what to do next.

Subsistence hunting and fishing: My dad was 11 in 1929. He was too small to be much help farming, but he was an excellent small game hunter. Dad hunted all the time, and frequently, the rabbits and squirrels he killed became the main course for the evening meal.

His marksmanship got really good. Years later in the Army, that skill got dad a job training troops and teaching rifle and pistol. Dad’s primary hunting firearm was a single shot .22 rifle. He used .22 shorts, because of the low price and noise, and he only shot once before moving along. (It’s difficult to locate a single shot by sound.) Still, he got caught poaching once.

My dad and his sisters, Agatha (left) and Edna, sometime in the 1920s.

But don’t depend on hunting or fishing. Hunting and foraging can supplement the food supply, but heading for the hills and “living off the land” won’t work. Have other ideas and plans to put food on the table during emergencies.

Have a skill or supplemental job: All farmers, it seemed, had some sort of side occupation. Leo was a butcher, and he would travel to farms to process cattle and hogs. He frequently got paid in meat. (Leo died when I was 7 or 8, but I remember him skinning a pig and tending his bees.)

Charles Hallowell and his daughter, Alice Johnson, used their musical skills to survive. Charles played the violin at bars, dances, parties and other social events. Alice accompanied him on the piano or played another violin.

They made enough to keep ends meeting and to take in Pete’s family temporarily. (It’s in the DNA – today, I play Charles’ fiddle in an old-time string band. We do some of the same tunes Charles did. Check out how grandpa’s fiddle sounds on “Over the Waterfall.”)

Leo’s butcher knife is a treasured heirloom my sister Karla still uses.

Everybody, including the kids and old folks, had a job they could do based on their abilities. These tasks could be anything, from gathering eggs to snapping beans to helping with the harvest to working in the garden. Every little bit helped.

Stick together: Pete’s family moved to another farm north of Ames and got a new start. I grew up on that farm, and my dad bought it in the 1960s. (I hunted the same hills and timber he used to hunt as a kid, but I never had the pressure to be successful!)

Other neighbors were not so fortunate, and many of them had to hit the road (think “Grapes of Wrath”). Our next-door neighbor, Jo Stahlman, was born in Foley, Ala., when her family moved south to find work.

Make do: Fix, repair, recycle and reuse. Clothing was patched, handed down and used up. When it finally reached the rag stage, it might be made into a quilt.

My great-grandfather, Charles Hallowell, sometime in the 1940s.

That went for just about everything. Money was scarce and fixing or mending something didn’t cost anything.

Garden: While millions of Americans went hungry, my relatives gardened like they always did. Every farm had a large plot, and many families were largely fed off the produce. Fruit orchards and berry patches were common.

There was virtually no market for livestock, but farmers could and did raise animals for their own tables. As far as I know, places like Iowa and other Midwest states, which didn’t have the severe droughts of the dust bowl areas, fared better than many other areas.

Raise chickens and rabbits: Farms back then were more diversified, with a variety of food-raising activities. Every farm had a flock of chickens for the eggs and meat.

Rabbit meat is one of the most nutritious meats available, according to Rise and Shine Rabbitry, and rabbits can produce six pounds of meat on the same feed and water as it takes a cow to produce one pound of meat.

Both animals can be raised in small spaces and are productive and prolific.

Preserve food: Every farm wife knew how to can and preserve vegetables, and every farmer had a pantry. My relatives, being of mostly German extract, made lots of sauerkraut and pickled many other vegetables.

My grandmother, Sophie Wirth, with my aunt and uncle, Irene and Eldon, probably in the middle 1930s.

Canned and smoked meats were also important. Just about every farm had a smoke house, where meat was preserved by smoking. This included hams, of course, but bacon, sausage and other smoked meats last a long time and could get you through the winter.

This probably explains why bratwurst and sauerkraut is one of my favorite comfort foods. That’s also in my DNA.

Build a root cellar. These were the family’s food insurance policy. They were generally an area under the house, like a basement, where canned foods could be stored. The temperature, being underground, was pretty consistent, and it allowed for long-term storage of root vegetables. Hence the name.

The root cellar was an essential way to keep carrots, turnips, beets, parsnips, potatoes and other root vegetables fresh through the winter months. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, to work properly, a root cellar must be able to hold a temperature of 32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and have a humidity level of 85 to 95 percent. Ground temperature stabilizes at 10 feet deep, according to the almanac.

My aunt Irene, 86, recalls that Grandma Sophie Wirth frequently ended up feeding extra mouths at the table.

“He (Leo) was known for supporting siblings in any way he could,” Irene told my cousin Lisa Faust Swenson. “On weekends, anywhere from one family to all his siblings’ families would show up for dinner. Grandma would just keep taking food from the root cellar to make sure all were fed.”

It took World War II to bring the country out of the Great Depression. There are still arguments over what caused it, and who is responsible. That discussion can take place somewhere else.

We’ve all heard that cliché: Those who don’t learn from the lessons of the past are doomed to repeat them. I think the lessons learned from my families’ survival of the depression are valid today.

Here’s the bottom line: You have to be part of a tribe, family or larger group that cares about the individual. Stick together. Learn how to produce, preserve and store food. Learn job skills and how to get by.

And maybe the most important lesson: Never give up!


This story first appeared on Leon Pantenburg’s blog, Survival Common Sense. It has been reprinted here with permission from the author. All photos are courtesy Leon Pantenburg.

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Your old cellphone isn’t a toy, plus: tips for emergencies

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Several times each week, area first responders are dispatched on calls when children dial 911 from disconnected cellphones.

By law, phone carriers must allow these calls to go through. This allows people whose service has been disconnected a way to call for help.

Unfortunately, many people give their old phones to children to play games or use as a toy. Remember: If they dial 911 on your old phone, you could get a visit from law enforcement and be held responsible for a false alarm.

Here are some tips on using cellphones in an emergency:

Use a landline if possible. Cellphones can’t accurately pinpoint your location. FCC rules require nationwide carriers to provide tracking capabilities to 911 dispatchers that are accurate within 50-300 meters (164 to 984 feet), depending on the technology the carrier uses.

That could mean up to a 984-foot radius (not quite three times the length of a football field), which could result in a difficult search in high-density areas. FCC rules also allow up to six minutes to determine a location. If you can imagine how far a car can travel in six minutes, you’ll see how that could be problematic.

Recent updates to Android and iPhone operating systems have improved smartphones’ ability to automatically share exact locations with emergency dispatchers, but this technology doesn’t cover older or non-smart phones.

If you call 911 from a cellphone and hang up, operators will attempt to return your call to follow up. If they can’t retrieve your number, they are likely to send an officer to your estimated location, which may not be accurate.

If you do use a cellphone to call 911:

  • Provide your location as near as you are able and the type of assistance you need.
  • Try to stay calm and speak clearly.

If you need to call 911, you can use any smartphone even if you can’t unlock it. Here’s how:

  • Press the home button to launch the screen that asks for a passcode or fingerprint.
  • In the bottom lower left of the screen, tap “Emergency”
  • Dial 911

In some areas, you can text 911. Hinds county added the service in 2015. If you think you might need to text 911, contact the local police department to see if the service is provided.

Smart speakers, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home cannot call 911, but iPhone’s Siri and Android’s Google can. Check with your carrier or vendor to see if you have tie-in options for your home system.

 

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