“It was beautiful for me as an outsider to see the vision,” said Kitty L. Dooley, Esquire, and serving as the mistress of ceremony at the dedication of the monument to celebrate the three schools once located in Piedmont.

“It was beautiful for me as an outsider to see the vision,” said Kitty L. Dooley, Esquire, and serving as the mistress of ceremony at the dedication of the monument to celebrate the three schools once located in Piedmont.
The vision Dooley spoke about started with her husband Chuck Green and his desire to honor the Davis School, Howard High School, and Piedmont High School.
Green, who heads up the Piedmont Back Street Community Festival Committee, began the process to produce a granite monument, with assistance from the members of the committee along with area and long-distance residents to bring to past the recent unveiling of the memorial in front of the Piedmont town building,
Dooley said at the program held at the Piedmont American Legion, prior to the ceremony to reveal the etched monument, that the Backstreet Committee is a group of people, “Who wanted to help,” and this “spirit of community” is needed all over the state.
Doris “Eve” Redman, secretary for the Back Street Community Festival Committee, was in attendance, and she wanted to “celebrate the vision,” and to remind those gathered of how her brother, Chuck Green, began in 1999 with three people to plan and have a Back Street Reunion.
“Deep down in his soul, Chuck loves Piedmont,” Redman said, while adding, “If you have lived here or in some way connected, you can remember Piedmont.”
She gave examples of remembering the three schools by saying perhaps, “You have walked the halls, attended a ballgame, rang the school bell, or wore a patrol sash.”
“Everyone here could share a memory,” with something to pass on to the children and grandchildren, Redman said, and, “Don’t forget where you came from.”
During the opening of the festivies, Dooley read a letter from Sen. Joe Manchin, who penned these words that the former students, those who remained in Piedmont or have moved away have had, “Their lives shaped by these three schools.”
Piedmont mayor Ben Smith gave words of appreciation to those participating in the program and “Put all things together.”
Present at the opening ceremony was Sen. Randy Smith, who said that he worked with mayor Smith for 40 years, and “There is no one that loves Piedmont more than Ben does.”
Sen. Smith did recall how his brother played basketball for Terra Alta School and around 1970, the team played Piedmont, and, “They beat us, knocking us out of going to state.”
As part of the ceremony activities, Richard Fauss, of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History was present and announced the Piedmont Library was able to purchase some of the archives of the Piedmont Herald Newspaper on microfilm from 1900 to 2006.
Piedmont librarian Paula Boggs, said the Back Street Community Festival Committee gave funding totaling $1,000 for the purchase of the microfilm.
Dooley also had an announcement to make and it was a that a microfiche reader will on loan to the Piedmont Library indefinitely.
Boggs said when the reader arrives at the Piedmont Library, residents are invited to “come in and view the Piedmont Herald articles.”