MCLA Presents 'Lavender Voices: A Conversation with Alex Morse'

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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. —MCLA will present a virtual conversation with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3. 
Part of MCLA's Lavender Lecture series, Morse will share his story with viewers, with moderation by MCLA Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Dr. Travis Beaver.  
Morse has served as Holyoke's mayor since 2012, winning 4 elections during his time in City Hall. Elected at 22, Alex is the youngest and first openly gay mayor in the history of the city of Holyoke
This lecture is free and open to the public; members of the community can register at
 This lecture is made possible through the the alumni and friends who contribute annually to The Lavender Fund. 
 Launched in 2019, The Lavender Fund raises annual support to bring LGBTQIA+ community speakers to campus, send students to attend LGBTQIA+ conferences, and sponsors student trips to historic and influential locations associated with the LGBTQIA+ civil rights movement. 

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Letter: Hinkell Family Thanks Community for Support After House Fire

To the Editor:

We would like to thank everybody for their generous support during these tough times for our family. We greatly appreciate all of the donations, prayers, meals, and support that has been sent our way. We feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing community and we honestly couldn't have made it through this past week without all your help. 
To the North Adams Fire Department, North Adams Police Department, Northern Berkshire EMS, North Adams DPW, the North Adams Animal Control Officer, and the North Adams Water Department, thank you for your quick responses to our house, saving our dogs, and making sure everyone was OK. 
Finally, thank you to Cutting Edge Painting for dropping everything and coming to board up and secure our house and to Thrifty Bundle for immediately cleaning clothes for us to wear.
As we continue to move forward, we can't help but to reflect back to how lucky we are to be able to reside in a community that is so willing to help people in need. We are forever grateful and will never forget everything that the community did for us.  We Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Johno, Emily, Connor and Easton Hinkell
North Adams, Mass. 

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