Adams Lions Hosting Wine Tasting Benefit

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Lions Club is hosting "Flavors of France," its third annual wine-tasting benefit, at the new home of Gramercy Bistro at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

The event raises funds to support sight-saving projects and local programs for youth, seniors and others. Gramercy Bistro will be reserved for the exclusive enjoyment of benefit patrons on Tuesday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gramercy's Chef/Owner, Alexander Smith, will prepare foods from the Rhone, Provence, Burgundy, and Minverois/Languedoc regions of France. Each of the foods will be paired with a French wine and an American wine, so that tasters may compare and contrast how different wines complement foods and vice versa.

Gramercy's Sarah Smith and Mike Geary, a Lion and proprietor of O'Geary's Package Store, will pair the wines. Featured wines may be ordered from O'Geary's the evening of the event. Geary will donate a portion of the proceeds of each bottle purchased to the Adams Lions Club.

Tickets for the Flavors of France Wine Tasting are $45. They are available at Smith Bros. McAndrews Insurance Agency, Inc., 45 Park St., or from committee members Dianne Cutillo at 413-743-9564 or; Art McConnell, 413-743-5379, or Pat Socha, 413-743-2348.

The Adams Lions Club has more than 60 members.

Lions Clubs International has more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at
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North Adams Fire Chief Meranti to Retire

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Fire Chief Stephen Meranti, center, with the late Public Safety Commissioner E. John Morocco on receiving the MEMA award in 2015. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Stephen Meranti had a particular goal in mind when he updated his resume in the mid-1990s: to become director of the city's fire services.
Early next year, he'll retire after 17 years leading the North Adams Fire Department and as the first "fire chief" to retire in nearly 40 years. 
"I've had a pretty good run I think, 33 years with the city and 17 as chief," said Meranti on Wednesday morning, as he sat in the mayor's office. "It's been a good run, we have great people working with the city, I've had made great relationships here. It's like the mayor said, bittersweet for me also. I love the job I but I had planned on my career retiring at 55 and here I am." 
Meranti and Mayor Thomas Bernard announced the chief's retirement after more than three decades working with the city. His last day will be Jan. 26, 2021.
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