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Claremont man faces backlash after objecting to city’s holiday decorations

Morgan Bardonstone, 18, of Unity, right, and Ambrose Donth, 19, of Claremont, pass by a large menorah on display as part of the holiday decorations in Broad Street Park in Claremont, N.H., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. City resident Sam Killay, an atheist, has registered a complaint with the city council against the display of the menorah and a creche in the park. He said that having the symbols on city property violates the establishment clause of the first amendment and that if they are not taken down he will apply to put up anti-religious symbols alongside them. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Morgan Bardonstone, 18, of Unity, right, and Ambrose Donth, 19, of Claremont, pass by a large menorah on display as part of the holiday decorations in Broad Street Park in Claremont, N.H., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. City resident Sam Killay, an atheist, has registered a complaint with the city council against the display of the menorah and a creche in the park. He said that having the symbols on city property violates the establishment clause of the first amendment and that if they are not taken down he will apply to put up anti-religious symbols alongside them. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

A Claremont man is embroiled in a conflict with his fellow residents, who have taken to social media to protest a request he made to the City Council last week asking it to remove the holiday decorations it has installed in Broad Street Park, claiming it is a First Amendment violation.

Valley News correspondent Patrick O’Grady has the full story here.

Happening Saturday: Rural Pride in Claremont (rain date Sunday)

Sage Hutchinson, center, prepares rainbow ribbon pins to give to participants at Rural Pride 2018 while Ariana Menard, left, cuts rainbow ribbons. Both are members of the Gay Straight Transgender Alliance (GSTA) at Stevens High School in Claremont. (Courtesy of TLC Family Resource Center)

“Ever since I was young, this has been a very straight town,” Skylar Ford, 15, said. “Kids and anyone who needs support will know that there is support.”

From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Claremont’s first-ever Rural Pride 2018 event will take place at the Visitor’s Center Green, 14 North St. The rain date is Sunday. Click here to read more in today’s Out & About column.

Read the school board letter asking the Claremont-area superintendent to resign, and his response

Middleton McGoodwin, superintendent of SAU 6, is seen on March 24, 2014. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

The SAU 6 School Board has voted to terminate the contract of Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin effective June 30, if McGoodwin does not resign before the middle of next month, according to a copy of a letter from the board obtained by the Valley News. Read the full story here.