The Lifeline Bringing you the best local stories in and around our community. So You Want to Hire a Contractor... By Chad Olson Things to consider when choosing a contractor in Florida.- Chad Olson, Mr. Handyman Three Ways Yoga Can Help with Back Pain By Chetan Patel, MD If you’re like millions of people in the world, then you probably suffer, or have suffered, from lower back pain (LBP) at some point in your life. - Dr. Chetan Patel, AdventHealth Medical Group Spine Health Seminole County Public Schools: A Source of Community Pride By Dr. Walt Griffin SCPS is focused on our mission to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be productive citizens. - Dr. Walt Griffin, superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools. Colon Cancer: Knowledge Is Power By George Nassif, Jr., DO If you’re 45, it’s time to get screened. - Dr. George Nassif, Jr., AdventHealth Medical Group Get Your Style On By Roxane Mann Must-have spring fashion trends for 2019. - Roxane Mann, Walk on Water Boutique Honoring Commitments Near and Far By Sheriff Dennis Lemma Sheriff Dennis Lemma shares 2018 State of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. Spring Is in the Air By Jemima Desir, MD, MBA Spring cleaning starts with safety first. - Jemima Desir, MD, MBA, Florida Poison Information Center Welcome to Modern Root Canal Therapy By Peter Chen, DMD Specialized training and advanced technology are making root canals faster and better. - Dr. Peter Chen, Advanced Endodontics How Preventable Global Blindness Affects Us All By Kevin M. Barber, MD Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness on our planet today, yet we possess the cure for this blinding condition. - Dr. Kevin M. Barber, Central Florida Eye Specialists Think Like a Bear By Diane Hirth Bears have a schedule, just like you do. - Diane Hirth, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Early Swimming Gives Kids an Edge By Kelly Whittemore Did you know that children who learn to swim at an early age have significant advantages over those who don’t? - Kelly Whittemore, Swim Life Peter Ponders... Old-School Games By Peter Reilly Are your children too cool for old school? - Peter Reilly Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer By Ashley Kolniak It is hard to imagine that summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about summer programs for your kids. - Ashley Kolniak, J. Douglas Williams YMCA in Lake Mary Prep Your Home for Allergy Season By Dr. Timothy Hendrix Allergy season is kicking into high gear! - Dr. Timothy Hendrix, AdventHealth Centra Care. Right-Sizing Your Home By Laura Diss Make your home fit your lifestyle. - Laura Diss, Q Boutique Specialty Realty, Inc. Happy Hour at the Bar(re) By Rachel Woodward What a barre class can do for you. - Rachel Woodward, The Bar Method Lake Mary Adventures in 3D Printing at the Seminole County Public Library By Sara White Ever been curious about 3D printing, or wanted to see how it works for yourself? - Sara White, Seminole County Public Library. Hawaii In Their Hearts By Mike Berry Thanks to a supportive community, the Winter Springs High School JROTC traveled to Hawaii to help commemorate our nation’s most infamous day. One for the Books By Susan Shalhoub Local teen author, Malavika Kannan of Sanford, uses writing as a tool for change. Buddies Blossom at Lyman By Susan Shalhoub Teen-led Greyhound Buddies program pairs Lyman students with their special-needs peers to promote inclusion and opportunity for all. Neighbors You Should Know: Lou Ann DeVoogd By Laura Breen Galante Lou Ann DeVoogd Makes Each Ronald McDonald House a Home. Doubly Undefeated By Pam Neff Maitland Middle School volleyball teams just can’t lose! Camp Shriver's Soaring Eagle By Kevin Fritz Local Eagle Scout honors the founder of the Special Olympics and its athletes. Good Morning South Seminole By Kevin Fritz With an industry veteran at the helm, South Seminole Middle School’s TV news production program is as fun as it is authentic. Not So Little Anymore By Jill Cousins Oviedo Little League celebrates its 50th anniversary Dancing For Parkinsons By Pam Neff Lake Mary’s Lauren Carlson is using her passion for dance to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease, a cause that is close to her heart. Play On! By Jill Duff-Hoppes The Wekiva River Players celebrate their 25th anniversary with the show that started it all Double Feature By Jill Duff-Hoppes There are two great options for live theater in downtown Sanford. Here’s a preview of upcoming shows at Theater West End and the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center. Fade to White By Mike Berry Oviedo’s longest-serving public official, Lars White, settles into a well-deserved retirement. Growing Together By Pam Neff Lake Brantley alumni combine love, family, and farming Learning from the Masters By Jill Duff-Hoppes High-school art students channel famous creators to bring art education to life in Winter Springs. Let's Make A Deal By Diana Purutcuoglu Some kids mow lawns, others sell lemonade, but these local businesspeople are redefining what it means to be a young entrepreneur. Black History Mural Design: Revealed By Jill Duff-Hoppes Local artist Xavier Moss has been selected by City of Oviedo officials to paint a black history-themed mural at Oviedo’s Round Lake Park. Care to Spare By Hedy Bass An Oviedo cop and a Special Olympics athlete are a dynamic duo at the bowling alley. The IT Girls By Susan Shalhoub The IT Girls at Crooms Academy of Information Technology. The club helps girls in every grade at Crooms explore their potential in STEM subjects. Playmaker By Allison Slater Tate Daniel “Bobby” Tuttle, a homegrown talent – and the son of a Lake Mary High School baseball icon – uses his Hollywood success to help others find their best selves. Glide with the Dueling Dragons By Georgia Rivas Lake Mary filmmakers capture the magic of the Dueling Dragons, a boat-racing program that connects cops with inner-city kids. Oviedo Impact, Loud and Clear By Susan Shalhoub Caitlyn Lezotte does good deeds near and far. Vegans Unite By Georgia Rivas The leader of Central Florida’s vegan movement lives right here in Sanford, and she’s helping local vegans connect with each other and the vegan-friendly restaurants around them. She Keeps Going and Going... By Hedy Bass They call her the Energizer Bunny, and this 100-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer continues to help others with a power all her own Extreme Home Makeover By Kevin Fritz A new program established by Central Florida’s premier child welfare agency gives a former foster child a new lease on life. The Ancient Art By Jill Duff-Hoppes Local printmaker breathes new life into a centuries-old art form On-Campus Credit By Georgia Rivas For 10 years, students at Lake Brantley High School have gotten real-world experience working at the on-campus CFE Credit Union branch, and now would-be bankers at Lake Howell High are breaking into the business, too. A Helpful Decade By Jill Cousins As Helpful Hands, Inc. prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, we look back at what has become one of the Oviedo-Winter Springs community’s most, well, helpful charities. The Memory Makers By Allison Slater Tate Lake Mary High School art students capture the enduring spirit of young hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Honk if You Love Saving Lives By Laura Breen Galante Some unconventional advertising helped this Lake Mary man find a life-saving kidney donor. It's Fun to Stay at the YMCA By Georgia Rivas Mary Hancock has been at the YMCA for 20 years, welcoming guests and changing lives every single day. Degree, Times Three By Laura Breen Galante This local family earns a Ph.D., a master’s, and a bachelor’s degree... all in one weekend! Dairy Double By Jill Cousins Oviedo High’s volleyball coach and its top player both take home coveted Dairy Farmers awards. Viva Oviedo By Mike Berry Local youth football players find fun, friends, and a feeling of la familia in Mexico. On A Mission By Georgia Rivas Lake Mary neighbors come together to help cancer patients in need.