Connie Linger grew up dreaming of designing clothing. When she was young, her grandmother helped her to understand the techniques on an old treadle machine. While she was in college, she designed her own fashion blue jeans.
Originally from Buckhannon, Linger studied graphic design at Fairmont State University. She opened “Miss Connie’s,” a clothing design shop, in Elkins in 1994.
Unique designs and vintage re-creations inspire the real look of “Miss Connie’s.” Linger works in her shop on Randolph Avenue alone, designing gowns and costumes as well as elegant dresses, tops, jackets, jewelry, purses and hats. Linger also does alterations for customers. Linger sells many of her creations out of her shop and at shows, but she gets a fair amount of business by word of mouth.
For the last decade, Linger has been named the official costume designer for the Mountain State Forest Festival Queen and her court. Though she loves to look through clothing design magazines and the latest fashions in New York, Linger says that she enjoys designing clothes in Elkins because she likes making beautiful things for real people.
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.
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. Coming from New York City, she is dealt with the decision on how to continue her father’s legacy within this tight-nit community. Joan looks to open the doors to her father’s house and welcome any artist who is looking to getaway from their everyday surrounding and rekindle their passion for art.
Story Synopsis- 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parents of Hampshire County pre-school children are faced with numerous choices regarding child care. Faced with long waiting lists and other difficulties surrounding daycares, Brook Michael decided to take her two young daughters to a babysitter close to her home in Augusta, W.Va., though she works in Winchester, Va.