Teague designated 2017 Healthcare Engineer of the Year

Cole Teague, Franklin Community Health Network’s director of facilities management, has been awarded the 2017 Maine Healthcare Engineer of the Year Award for his contributions and continued excellence in health care facilities management.

Teague has been involved with design, maintenance and operation of health care facilities for more than five years, according to a news release from Farmington’s Franklin Community Health Network.

Teague was recognized by the Maine Healthcare Engineer’s Society during the Professional Societies Recognition Luncheon on June 22 at the Maine Hospital Association’s summer forum at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. The award is given annually to a person who exhibits ownership, responsibility and leadership through MEHES.

Teague is the society’s treasurer and is the state chapter representative for the New England Healthcare Engineers Society. He was cited for his excellent organizational skills and dedication and for being instrumental in restructuring MEHES’s financial platform during the past year.

Teague expects to receive his master’s degree in business administration in health care management from Thomas College in 2018. He earned his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Maine.

He resides in Fairfield with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children.

Western Maine Community Action gets $2,500 grant

Western Maine Community Action is receiving a $2,500 Skowhegan Savings Bank grant in support of the agency’s Community Home Replacement Program.

WMCA, which provides assistance to low- and mid-income families living in Maine’s western mountain region, created the pilot program to build replacement homes for those in need by working with vocational students from the Foster Career and Technical Educational Center, located on the Mt. Blue High School campus.

“This is a win-win-win for everyone,” said Bill Crandall, WMCA housing program manager. “Our young students receive hands on training in the newest energy conservation building science setting them up for successful skills in their career path. Our elderly, who are on fixed incomes, living in unsafe homes that are costly to heat are being replaced with energy efficient and age friendly homes through the program. The general community also wins with increased property values in their neighborhoods.”

Taco Bell, KFC collecting donations for Jimmy Fund

From now through July 18, customers at participating Taco Bell and KFC locations throughout New England and New York will be invited to contribute $1, $3, or $5 to the Jimmy Fund’s Strike Out Cancer pin-up campaign, according to a news release from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

In return for their contributions, customers will receive a baseball pin-up on which to write their name or the name of a friend or loved one. The pin-ups will be displayed in restaurants and stores. At the restaurants, customers who contribute $3 or more will receive a coupon sheet featuring deals from Taco Bell, KFC, Water Country, Museum of Science, Franklin Sports, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Mama Rosie’s and Sully’s Brand.

Taco Bell has supported the Jimmy Fund since 2002. In 2006, KFC joined the Strike Out Cancer effort, and the two fast-food chains have worked together to help the program raise more than $2.2 million.

When customers purchase a baseball pin-up, 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the Jimmy Fund, which supports cancer research and patient care at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Michalak becomes VP at Skowhegan Savings Bank

Tim Michalak has joined Skowhegan Savings Bank as a vice president of commercial lending, according to a news release from the bank.

Based in the Augusta branch, Michalak will focus on supporting the bank’s commercial customers in southern Maine.

Michalak has more than 20 years of experience in commercial banking. His experience focuses on commercial real estate, industrial and Small Business Administration lending. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his master’s degree in business administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Michalak lives in Cumberland with his wife, Nancy.

Compiled from contributed releases