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MCLA's Rachiele Earns All-Region Honors

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior outfielder Austin Rachiele has been selected to the 2023 Region 2 First Team.
Earlier this month the Pittsfield resident and Taconic graduate was voted the 2023 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Rachiele's memorable 2023 season saw him lead the conference in batting (.453), home runs (14), hits (63, tying the MCLA program record), triples (four), total bases (127, also a program record), as well as on base percentage (.550) and slugging percentage (.914). He scored 53 runs, aprogram record, had 40 RBIs and drew 28 walks while stealing 17 bases.
UMASS Dartmouth's DJ Perron was voted as the Region 2 Player of the Year with Salve Regina's Sean Mulligan earning Rookie of the Year and Endicott's Gabe Van Emon taking the Pitcher of the Year honors. Endicott's Bryan Haley was selected as the Coach of the Year. Region 2 in comprised of 30 Division III institutions from the MASCAC, Little East Conference, Commonwealth Coast Conference, New England Collegiate Conference and the University Athletic Association.
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Blackinton Mill Owners: City's Delays Put $17M Hotel Project in Peril

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Mayor Jennifer Macksey speaks at Tuesday's City Council meeting as Tourists owner Ben Svenson looks on. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The $17 million expansion plans for the Blackinton Mill are tripping over a 10-foot high pile hides that has been decaying for 60 years. 
The partnership that operates Tourists resort says the whole project — including a proposed bike path — is in danger of failing before it even begins if a November grant deadline to clean up the mess isn't met. 
But the Mayor Jennifer Macksey says more testing is needed before the city takes control of the one-acre site and is positing a February closing date.
On Tuesday, the partners were pleading with the City Council to use any tools it had to make the mayor abide by an agreement to close on the parcel before the deadline.
"I really don't want to say it will go away but we will not be able to sustain any longer unless we can resolve this issue," said principal Benjamin Svenson. "And so I appeal to you tonight to please — whatever tools you have — communicate to the mayor the urgency of resolving this matter."
The matter before the council was an authorization for the mayor to purchase the property, which would be for $1. The city would be able to apply for a U.S. Environmental Protection Act brownfield grant not available to the private entity. 
"We need this to secure our financing," said Svenson. "We can't get a bank loan until we resolve this matter. ... 
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