Jack Miller Contractors Fills Project Manager, Bookkeeper Positions

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Jack Miller Contractors has hired Shawn Thibodeau as project manager and Kris Maloney as bookkeeper to continue building a highly skilled management team and provide additional services to an expanding client base. Jack Miller Contractors employees 18 professionals in the community.

Thibodeau is a lifelong resident of Southern Vermont with a career focused on carpentry, construction and project management since the mid 1990s, when he started as a carpenter apprentice. He has been a professional carpenter for 20 years, working for David Tierney Construction in Pittsfield and Blue Heron Construction in Bennington, Vt. Thibodeau owned his own construction company for five years and was most recently project manager for Hayden Plumbing & Heating in Bennington, Vt. He joined the Jack Miller Contractors team in 2019 as project manager. In this position, he works directly with homeowners, design professionals and trade professionals to deliver the highest quality projects, on time and on budget.

Maloney was hired to the position of bookkeeper. A resident of North Adams, she joins JMC after a 21-year stint at Williams College, where she worked as benefits administrator overseeing a comprehensive employee benefit program for approximately 1,100 faculty and staff. Her background includes four years working as a human resource administrator and payroll supervisor for Patten Corporation in Stamford, Vt. As payroll specialist, Maloney was responsible for the administration of the benefits program and processing of payroll for hundreds of employees at North Adams Public Schools for six years and, prior to that, at Berkshire Health Systems Management Services. Her planning, administrative and negotiation skills as well as her ability to implement programs that align with long-term goals will serve the company well. She has a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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Williamstown Author's Book is a Massachusetts Book Awards 'Must Read'

The Massachusetts Center for the Book has announced the "Must Read" long lists in the 20th annual Massachusetts Book Awards.

The awards recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for adults and young readers written by Massachusetts authors and published during the preceding calendar year.  

This year's long list for Middle Grade/Young Adult books includes "The Next Great Paulie Fink" (Little, Brown), by Williamstown resident Ali Benjamin. The book is a funny and touching story about being thrust into the spotlight as a new kid and outsider in a small rural middle school.

"What a lucky group our state's tween and teenage readers prove to be. Our Middle Grade and Young Adult Must Read picks include an incredible swath of history, along with stories about artistic inspiration, fantasy, and the growing pains of surviving realities both ordinary and everything but," said Michelle Hoover, coordinator of MassBooks 20 and author of "The Quickening" (2010 Must Read) and "Bottomland" (2016 Must Read).   

In August, the center will announce the award winner and two honors titles in each of the five award categories with the hope of celebrating all titles in the program at a 20th  anniversary reception in the fall. 

"In the midst of a public health crisis, we take heart that we can announce another exciting year for Massachusetts writing," said Sharon Shaloo, executive director of MCB. "These awards confirm the strength and vitality of our extensive community of authors and  illustrators working in our academic and literary economies. We look forward to  promoting the long lists in every way we can throughout the spring and summer."

The Massachusetts Center for the Book is a public-private partnership, chartered as the commonwealth affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and charged with developing, supporting and promoting cultural programming to advance the cause of  books and reading.

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