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Monopole Madness to help keep the Lumber Jills rollin'

PLATTSBURGH - In just five short months, the North Country Lumber Jills went from an idea, to a full-fledged roller derby team. But to continue rolling on the right path, they need help from the community.

Kimberly Cummins, president and founder of the Lumber Jills, said currently the team is made up of about 15 women.

"It's amazing," Cummins said. "The amount of girls that are interested and how dedicated everyone has been ... in just this short amount of time has maintained that same intensity as when we started."

However, the current practice space is not ideal for the skating sport. The team practices at the parking lot behind the Amtrak train station, which has not been easy.

"The only thing that's difficult about that area is that we can't do anything that would possibly cause injury," Cummins explained. "Which is a lot of the pack stuff, which is what we need to learn."

When the girls do fall during practice, it's definitely not a smooth landing.

"If you [fall] it's like a cheese grater," said Cummins. "It's just asphalt."

Finally the team has found a new location for practices and eventually bouts, but it won't come cheaply.

"Right now we just acquired access to the city gym," Cummins explained. "But, it's $45 an hour to use the whole gym, and we were anticipating using it twice a week for two hours a pop."

According to their Web site, www.plattsburghrollerderby.com, the current cost for dues is $50 a person, per month.

"That's kind of high, especially because we have some people who are financially just getting by how it is," she said. "The equipment alone has been a lot."

In order to ease the financial burden, the team will host Monopole Madness, this Saturday, Sept. 4, from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave.

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