Roller Derby Jammin’ with Leadville’s New Team
What does Boom Days and Leadville’s newest sports team have in common? Fishnets!
So it should come as no surprise that a group of girls has started a roller derby team in Leadville: The Pb n’ Jammers. For those unfamiliar with this contact sport it is generally played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. The game consists of a series of short matchups (“jams”) in which both teams designate a scoring player (the “jammer”) who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer while hindering the opposing jammer — in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously.
While there aren’t any team uniforms, roller derby fashion generally includes fishnets or some other stocking spectacular and booty shorts. While the team hasn’t had any trouble finding a pair of fishnets in town, one of their biggest struggles has been getting enough gear to get enough girls started. So, if anyone has any quad skates, pads, and helmets and they are willing to donate or sell, it would be a tremendous help. Any skates, derby skates, speed skates and even old roller disco skates will do, so long as they have 4 wheels.
Now we know that some of you more mature folks in town probably have a pair of quad skates sitting in the attic or garage collecting dust. After all Leadville’s 6th Street Gym was a thriving skate rink for years! Why not give ‘em a new home?
For more information about the team, you can find them on Facebook. Call Sam at (719) 293-0493 with any questions or other interest. They would appreciate any help getting more girls on wheels.
Hospital Garage Sale to Benefit Mammograms
Garage sale season is almost over! So tomorrow, Sept. 29 might be your last chance to get some good rummaging in!
St. Vincent Hospital (SVH) will be holding its Garage & Bake Sale from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The sale will be held at at SVH Leadville Medical Clinic, 825 W 6th St. All proceeds will go to a fund to provide mammograms for uninsured residents of Lake County. Come and rummage!
Airport Takes Off In Flight . . & Flapjacks
The Leadville/Lake County Airport will host its 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast Fly-In/Drive-In, this year in their new building. On Saturday, September 29 from 7 – 11 a.m. the airport staff as well as many others from the Lake County Public Works Department will be serving up a hearty breakfast for $6/per person.
So there’s a bit of good news/bad news to this story if you were one of the lucky ones who attended last year’s pancake breakfast. The good news is that there have been so many incredible changes and upgrades to the airport since last year that just going up there will make you swell with local pride. The new building which will house the Snow Removal Equipment (SRE Bldg), the freshly paved and painted runway, the new airport office, all of these improvements give the visitor a clear sense of the direction Lake County is going: UP!
So what could possibly be the bad news? Well, last year thanks to a huge commitment from an engineering company, many area pilots and local staff, those who attended the pancake breakfast were also treated to much more than flapjacks. In fact, over 90 local kids got a FREE airplane ride over their hometown and fall colors.
It was certainly one of those WOW moments and it wasn’t really publicized or covered in the local press, so the crowds were manageable. Those true aviation lovers – many of them kids – who happened to be there that glorious day last September, got the ride of a lifetime. But times and budgets are always shifting, so be advised that this year’s pancake breakfast won’t be providing that same kind of high-flyin’ fun.
But if you love airplanes and airports, or if you haven’t been up to the Leadville-Lake County Airport in a while, you won’t be disappointed. There will be plenty of aircrafts “flying-In” for the breakfast, most of which you could get a look at up close – something, it seems, young people don’t get too much opportunity to do in the post-911 world we live in. So mark the calendar for the end of the month and Leadville Today will give you another “gate call” as the date draws nearer.