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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: October 17, 2017

See a Maine Roller Derby bout

Written by: Aimsel Ponti
Roller Derby

Flat track roller derby is still riding the wave of its renaissance that started more than a decade ago and was further cemented with the formation of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.  The sport of roller derby dates back to the 1930s, and with the advent of the flat track version (versus the banked track), it’s caught on like wildfire, including here in Maine where there are leagues in Portland and Bangor. Maine Roller Derby, based in Portland, was Maine’s first WFDTA-certified league, and if you’ve never been to a bout, you’ve been missing out — big time. The athleticism is jaw-dropping, and the sport is as exciting any sport can be.

Staff photo by Tim Greenway

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