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  • 06/17/2013

    Forest Floor Connoisseur

    Forest Floor Connoisseur

    Mike Smith takes full advantage of the wildlife surrounding him. As park superintendent at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, Smith has acres of land to forage for food and hunt for animals. According to Smith, foraging provides a healthier way of living, but more importantly, a chance to get outside and connect with nature.

  • 06/10/2013

    Bootstraps Biodiesel

    Bootstraps Biodiesel

    Michael Buttrill manages a 15-acre organic farm in Renick, W.Va., where he produces his own biodiesel fuel to power his vehicles and tractor. Michael has been perfecting his fuel for seven years with a goal to live more sustainably and rely less on non-renewable resources.

  • 05/29/2013

    Doddridge County Innovation Zone

    Doddridge County Innovation Zone

    Innovation Zone has brought an entirely new learning style to Doddridge County High School. Every other Friday the school runs on a two hour early dismissal schedule when students separate into different groups to learn new skills from teachers and community volunteers.

  • 05/23/2013

    Running Without Support

    Running Without Support

    After opening Two River Treads, one of the first completely minimalist running stores, in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Dr. Mark Cucuzzella solidified his place in the running community.

  • 05/13/2013

    Carlos Niederhauser

    Carlos Niederhauser

    Shepherdstown, W.Va., native Carlos Niederhauser can look back on a life that had him participating in the world’s longest car rally, traveling the globe, fixing foreign race cars, developing real estate and becoming a landlord for over 100 Jefferson County properties.

  • 05/07/2013

    Sculpting A Legacy

    Sculpting A Legacy

    After the death of her father Dr. John Moossy, Joan Moossy honors his memory by publishing his autobiography and working to preserve his art and home in Shepherdstown for aspiring artists.

  • 05/01/2013

    The New Normal

    The New Normal

    Sheila Brannan lived her life in a constant creative roll until a brain aneurysm in 2007 threatened her stained glass career. Since recovering from that, she is back in her home studio and has gotten to a place she considers to be the “new normal.”

  • 04/23/2013

    Green Gate Farm

    Green Gate Farm

    Lars Prillman is a 28 year old organic farmer in Shepherdstown, W.Va. He spent his early 20s as a traveling musician in Knoxville, Tenn. He found his “calling” while doing an apprenticeship on the farm of one of his former 4-H counselors. He now runs his own farm with the help of his family.

  • 04/18/2013

    Mellow Moods Café & Juice Bar

    Mellow Moods Café & Juice Bar

    Phil and Shanna Mastrangelo own Mellow Moods Café & Juice bar, an organic restaurant in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Their hope is to give people a vacation-like atmosphere in their everyday lives while serving locally-grown, healthy foods.

  • 04/04/2013

    Adam Booth Storyteller

    Adam Booth Storyteller

    Adam Booth is a musician and storyteller. He teaches both at Shepherdstown University, in Shepherdstown W.Va. Booth participates in storytelling competitions both statewide and nationally. He has been recognized three times as West Virginia’s Champion Liar.

  • 01/28/2013

    Off the Grid

    Off the Grid

    Sonny and Linda Jobe live in Doddridge County, in a house too far out to be connected to city utilities. They make it work with solar energy and generators.

  • 01/02/2013

    Just for Kids

    Just for Kids

    Sonny and Linda Jobe live in Doddridge County, in a house too far out to be connected to city utilities. They make it work with solar energy and generators.

  • 12/17/2012

    Masterworks Chorale

    Masterworks Chorale

    Shepherdstown residents and music students from Shepherd University perform the classics together in the Masterworks Chorale. Under the direction of Erik Jones, the group has two concerts each year, performing the musical works of composers like Beethoven, Handel and Mozart.

  • 11/26/2012

    Working with Tattoos

    Working with Tattoos

    As of 2012, one in five American adults has at least one tattoo. Jason Jones, a tattoo artist at Bare Knuckles Tattoo in Marmet, spent 15 years working behind a desk before finding his true calling in a colorful tattoo parlor.

  • 11/26/2012

    Chandler Wine

    Chandler Wine

    Charlie Chandler has been making and sharing wine with family and friends in Helvetia, W.Va. for over 20 years. Chandler makes the wine in his own basement and shares it with anyone who is willing to sit down and share stories.

  • 11/09/2012

    Spell It Out for Me

    Spell It Out for Me

    The Kanawha Valley Scrabble Club is a small group of dedicated wordsmiths that meets weekly in Charleston to perfect the art of organized Scrabble play.

  • 08/21/2012

    From the Country to the City

    From the Country to the City

    Each week, Eli and Misty Cook bring produce from their farm in the hills of Augusta, W.Va. to the busy streets of Washington, D.C. to participate in farmers markets in the city.

  • 08/13/2012

    It's All About the Water

    It’s All About the Water

    Capon Springs and Farms is a family business that got its start as a water company. Eighty years later, the water has faded into the background, and the resort is thriving. The spring, however, continues to feed the swimming pool, fountains and sinks.

  • 07/20/2012

    Mountain Music

    Mountain Music

    The South Branch Valley Bluegrass Festival is a family event that brings local and national bluegrass acts to the hills of Romney, W. Va. Its local food vendors and fireworks display attract festival goers from all over West Virginia and surrounding states.

  • 05/09/2012

    Race to the Finish

    Race to the Finish

    J.D. Acosta, a jockey at Charles Town Races, hails from Puerto Rico. After being discovered at a gas station for his jockey physique, Acosta went to school, moved to West Virginia and is now one of the best jockeys in the nation.

  • 05/09/2012

    Charleston's Band of Bikers

    Charleston’s Band of Bikers

    Established over 20 years ago, the Mountain State Wheelers have been providing an avenue for local cyclists to connect with each other and provide regular bike rides each week in the Kanawha Valley for bikers of all skill levels.

  • 03/30/2012

    C.J. Richardson's Hardware

    C.J. Richardson’s Hardware

    Built in 1901, C.J. Richardson’s is a hardware store located in Marlinton, W.Va. Selling everything from appliances and tools to boots and china, this one-stop shop is a necessity for many locals.

  • 03/16/2012

    Farming in the Family

    Farming in the Family

    Jacob Moffett McNeel is the second of the four generations that have lived and worked at the McNeel family farm in Hillsboro, West Virginia.

  • 03/09/2012

    Pocahontas Woods

    Pocahontas Woods

    Mike Hefner is a 34-year-old former construction worker who found wood-craftsmanship after a life changing injury. His involvement in Pocohontas Woods technical college began when his daughter Elizabeth went to school and his role as “Mr. Mom” decreased.

  • 03/05/2012

    Fighting for a Purpose

    Fighting for a Purpose

    Florida native Joe Nelson moved to Marlinton, W.Va. in the fall of 2010. Since that time, he has opened his own taekwondo academy, which has grown to over 30 students of all ages.

  • 02/27/2012

    Big City Hustle, Small Town Dreams

    Big City Hustle, Small Town Dreams

    Chloe Bland, an 18-year-old senior at Pocahontas County High School, is a star athlete and academic success story.

  • 01/11/12

    The Link Between Two Towns

    The Link Between Two Towns

    The Oldtown Toll Bridge is one of the last of its kind. The one-lane, low-water bridge is one of the few privately owned bridges left in the nation and is the key link between the two towns of Oldtown, Md., and Green Spring, W.Va.

  • 01/09/12

    Patterson's Drug Store

    Patterson’s Drug Store

    Patterson’s Drug Store, located Queen Street, has been a staple of Martinsburg W.Va. for over 85-years. George Karos started working for the original owner, James A. Patterson, as a delivery boy and now owns the store and is one of its five pharmacists.

  • 01/06/12

    Live at the Smoot

    Live at the Smoot

    A group of volunteers are keeping the arts alive in downtown Parkersburg. The Smoot Theatre features live entertainment in a restored vaudeville theater.

  • 01/02/12

    Starting From Scratch

    Starting From Scratch

    Three female entrepreneurs have found success on Capitol Street. Ann Seville of Taylor Books, Ellen Beal of Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream and Libby Chatfield of Charleston Bread are now an integral part of the Charleston community.

  • 12/13/11

    Something in the air

    Something in the air

    Mike and Danette Condon were part of the “back to the land” community when they first came to Pocahontas County. They’re still living according to the ideals that lured them out of the city nearly forty years ago.

  • 11/28/11

    Coming Home

    Coming Home

    Jay Hurley hated Shepherdstown when he was raised here as a child. But when he returned to the town to take over his father’s general store after 18 years away, he found there was a lot to Shepherdstown he loves.

  • 11/07/11

    Talking Across the Lines

    Talking Across the Lines

    In the summer of 2011, Michael Kline, an avid singer and guitarist, damaged one of his playing fingers and thought he would never be able to play guitar again. After spending hundreds of hours practicing over a three month period with a new playing style, he was pleasantly surprised by the results.

  • 11/06/11

    Restoring the Mill

    Restoring the Mill

    Matt Tate was on vacation, driving down Route 219 in Pocahontas County when he frst noticed the historic McNeel Mill. And Tate couldn’tturn back around. Now living and work in the area, Tate’s ultimate goal is to restorethe Mill back to it’s original glory.

  • 10/31/11

    Keeping History Alive

    Keeping History Alive

    Jim Miracle, a Parkersburg native, keeps history alive through Civil War re-enacting. In 2008, Miracle helped form the unit, Carlin’s Battery D, which travels to local areas educating the public about the past.

  • 10/25/11

    Quilting for Friendship

    Quilting for Friendship

    After her mother’s passing, Maralyn Campbell and her sister began quilting together to strengthen their relationship. Campbell continues to form new bonds through quilting in her local quilting guild today.

  • 06/13/11

    If Walls Could Talk

    If Walls Could Talk

    Tom Downs, a Beverly resident and woodworker, believes that every historic home has a story to tell. This is why he is restoring and preserving the history of The Enterprise building, which is built in the 1800s and located on Main Street in Beverly, W.Va.

  • 06/12/11

    How Sweet It Is

    How Sweet It Is

    Don Olson started producing maple syrup just three years ago, but is already a major producer in the state.

  • 06/02/11

    In Pursuit of the Muskie

    In Pursuit of the Muskie

    Bill Looney, a 65-year-old retired pipe fitter, has been making wooden Muskie fishing lures in his basement workshop for 30 years. They are known by the fishing community as “Amma Bamas,” they promise a life-time guarantee and prospective award winning catches.

  • 05/28/11

    Rolling Thunder

    Rolling Thunder

    From a fascination with food and nutrition he developed in college, Scott Weaner has carved out a life occupation. He manages the Rolling Thunder Vegetable Preserve, growing various vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs and livestock.

  • 05/24/11

    Volunteering for History

    Volunteering for History

    A small group of AmeriCorps volunteers is working to preserve historic Elkins and Beverly, W.Va.

  • 05/03/11

    Pedal & Paddle

    Pedal & Paddle

    Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle opened in 2007. It serves as a primary place for Shepherdstown locals and tourists to rent and buy bikes, kayaks, and other equipment they need to stay active.

  • 02/01/11

    Immersion Weekend 2011

    Immersion Weekend

    P.I. Reed School of Journalism Students from the West Virginia Uncovered project and the visual journalism sequence partnered to produce multimedia stories in Davis, W.Va. from Jan. 21 -24.

  • 01/10/11

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    The Big Mountains

    Gary Dylan started mountaineering at the age of 50. Now, at 62, Dylan has climbed eight of the world’s largest mountains.

  • 12/14/10

    Glenn Boatwright

    Glenn Jammin’

    While many high school seniors are still working out what they want to do with their lives, Glenn Boatwright, 17, is eagerly preparing for his future. With his own weekly radio show, he’s working on making his dreams of becoming a sports broadcaster come true.

  • 12/14/10

    St. Stephen's United Methodist Church

    St. Stephen’s Church

    Coal Branch Heights is a hilltop community on rural route 6, in back of the old city incinerator, situated between Capitol Hill and Charleston’s airport. Those who live on the hill share a special bond, held firm by the presence of St. Stephens United Methodist Church.

  • 12/14/10

    Shawn Heckler delivering meals

    More Than A Meal

    In addition to delivering meals to seniors for the Tucker County Senior Center in Parsons, W.Va., Shawn Heckler leaves inspiration wherever he goes.

  • 12/1/10

    Shirley Avis baking

    Working Behind the Scenes

    You may have never seen her, but if you’re a Beckley resident, 59-year-old Shirley Avis has most likely touched your life in some way.

  • 11/17/10

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    To Greener Pastures

    On September 11th 2010, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department and Animal Control seized over 50 horses from the Hidden Meadows Equine Rescue. The horses were nursed back to health and adopted through the collaborative efforts of the entire community.

  • 11/1/10

    Coffman and grandfather

    The Family Business

    In 1928, Guy Coffman began trading fur and natural roots with the local Birch River, W.Va. community. After Guy’s death in 1987, his grandson Tony took over the business expanding it into a major recycling center. Customers from all over central West Virginia come to Coffman’s Metals to sell their finds.

  • 10/27/10

    corey broughton punting

    Between the Uprights

    Cory Broughton, the Elkins High School kicker and punter, has grown substantially as an athlete throughout his high school years. He is now waiting for an invitation to play football at the next level.

  • 05/05/10

    4549 Feet to Takeoff

    4549 Feet to Takeoff

    On the top of a small mountain, just outside of Spencer, W.Va. a family has taken their love of flying and constructed a multiuse airport that has increased access to the community.

  • 05/03/10

    High Fantasy in Glenville

    High Fantasy in Glenville

    A group of friends at Glenville State College get together every week to defeat kobolds and dragons, to practice sword fighting techniques and sometimes even to have lunch.

  • 05/04/10

    Harvey Family

    Not Your Average Family

    When it was time to have kids, Tracy and Amanda Harvey looked to adopt from Korea, bringing home Connor and Cory. Just when they thought they were at their limit, they added a Korean foreign exchange student named David to the mix.

  • 05/04/10

    Climber for Life

    Climber For Life

    Eric Hörst discusses his evolution as a climber and the new opportunities for growth he has found by passing on the sport he loves to his sons, Jon, 7, and Cameron, 9.

  • 03/16/10

    Mimi's Bread

    Making “Mimi’s Bread”

    Mimi Kibler, owner of LaFontaine Bakery in Parsons, W.Va., delivers over 250 loaves of bread to Tucker and Randolph County customers every week. The 53-year-old, who has been baking bread her whole life, can spend up to 19 hours a day baking bread in order to fulfill her orders.

  • 03/16/10

    A Little Magic

    A Little Magic

    Chet and Kelly Shifflett bring wonder to Marlinton, WV with the creation of a magic parlour, gallery, giftshop and photography studio.

  • 03/15/10

    Raising Responsibility

    Raising Responsibility

    Hampshire County High School students learn life lessons while raising and taking care of Berkshire hogs.

  • 02/02/10

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    Immersion Weekend

    P.I. Reed School of Journalism Students from the West Virginia Uncovered project and the visual journalism sequence partnered to produce multimedia stories in Davis, W.Va. from Jan. 21 -24.

  • 12/14/09

    Feeding the Soul

    Feeding the Soul

    Deana Burke founded Visions, Vessles, and Victory almost ten years ago after experiencing first hand the extra support needed by low income members of the community. Now, the pantry distributes boxes of food once a month to hundreds of families.

  • 12/11/09

    Feeling the Music

    Feeling the Music

    Classic Country 104.1 FM is in the bottom floor of a dorm at the WV School for the Deaf and the Blind. The popular Romney station is used as a teaching ground for students that want to learn more about music and radio.

  • 12/11/09

    Learning at Home

    Learning at Home

    Shelly and Gerald Stehman always knew they would homeschool their children, but didn’t know where to begin when Briar, their oldest, was ready to start his education. Teaching a rambunctious 6-year-old can be frustrating, but the rewards are greater.

  • 12/10/09

    Prescriptions on the Go

    Prescriptions On the Go

    A small-town pharmacy provides customers with prescription delivery and friendly customer service.

  • 12/06/09

    Repeat Performance

    Repeat Performance

    A Tucker County High School alumni returns home to teach the band she loves.

  • 10/23/09

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    A Mother’s Journey

    Ninety-two-year-old Roane County woman spends more than seven decades trying to provide a good life for her handicapped children.

  • 10/23/09

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    A Clay County Dancer

    Keeping a tradition of dance alive despite controversy