The Lifeline Bringing you the best local stories in and around our community. SafeHouse's Brendan Skorepa Is Victim Advocate of the Year By Mike Berry SafeHouse's Brendan Skorepa Is Victim Advocate of the Year War Eagle By Crystal Lang Lake Mary’s George Benefield, Jr. is one of the most decorated military men in our community Grilling and Giving Back By Pam Neff Altamonte-Wekiva Springs Life takes a closer look at the charitable men – and talented cooks – of the Maitland Men’s Club. Hagerty Baseball is State Runner-Up By Jill Cousins The 2016 Hagerty High School baseball team, runner-up in the Class 8A state championship The Leading Ladies of Altamonte Springs By Kevin Fritz Demure as they are determined, the Altamonte Springs Women’s Club has been quietly making our community a better place for 70 years Leap Year By Jill Cousins A globally competitive long jumper in his late 50s, Dr. Rich Konsens is proving that age is just a number on the tape measure Betty Bauchle Says Goodbye By Jill Cousins A fixture on the Tuscawilla Country Club tennis courts for more than 30 years, this beloved local league player has hung up her racquet. Clean The World By Pam Neff Local Girl Scouts "Clean The World"! The Sum of Many Parts By Mike Berry A 20-year showbiz veteran with dozens of movie and TV credits, Denise Gossett has come home to our community while continuing her exciting career Cooking Up a Career By Kevin Fritz Indian Trails is home to Seminole County’s only middle-school culinary program. And the school’s junior chefs are preparing for a future in the kitchen. Thank you for the music, Dr. Almeida By Pam Neff The Bear Lake Elementary community pays tribute to one of the district’s most beloved music teachers, as she dances her way into retirement Angels Anoymous By Susan Shahloub Discover the secrets of the Blue Skirt Society, a mysterious group of wealthy philanthropists with strong roots here in Seminole County Healing the Wounds of War By Natalie Costa Those who remember World War II are becoming more rare every day. Women who served the war effort are rarer still. To find five of these women all living together in our community is remarkable enough to be considered a national treasure, and just such a treasure exists at Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary. Making Capitol Connections By Jack Roth Members of the local Chamber are just back from a trip to Washington, D.C. Find out who they met and what they did to make our community a better place Heads of Class By Jack Roth Meet the quartet of new principals who are taking the reins in Altamonte/Longwood-area schools Perfect in Platinum By Ashley Cisneros Mejia Longtime Winter Springs residents celebrate 70 years of wedded bliss Art, By The Books By Jill Duff-Hoppes Where can you find some of the most fun and fulfilling (and free!) art activities in Seminole County? Look no further than your local library. Get to Know Griffin Farms By Mike Berry One of the most exciting developments in Lake Mary history is about to break ground, and here’s your preview of the dining, shopping, and living opportunities that await at Griffin Farms Town Center As Seen on TV By Laura Breen Galante Dance prodigy Wyatt Rocker is making it big, both on screen and on the world’s most coveted stages. Be Part of the Posse By Jill Cousins A cycling club that likes to get fit, have fun, and eat – meet The Posse, a spirited and speedy group of middle-to-upper aged cyclists devoted to their thrice-weekly trail rides. Healing the Wounds of War By Natalie Costa Meet five fascinating women who served as World War II nurses. These ladies, who are now residing together at Oakmonte Village at Lake Mary, share their rich history during and after the war. Crowing About The New Cranes Roost By Kevin Fritz With newly updated walkways, a refurbished amphitheater, and more, Altamonte Springs’ iconic centerpiece, Cranes Roost Park, has reopened to the community and is better than ever.