Dog Day Parade Brings Out Pooches

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Dog Day of Fall Parade
Some 50 pups turned out Saturday morning for the 1st annual Dog Day of Fall Parade in North Adams, Mass. This newest addition to the Fall Foliage Festival featured dogs of all sizes dressed up for the fall season. Some took on the theme from this year's festival of "Our Heroes" and came dressed as police officers, postal carriers and valiant steeds. Others just had fun as little devils, 'Babe' the pig and pea pods. Look for more photos on Monday.

More about what's happening at the Fall Foliage Festival here.

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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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