I hope everyone is having a great time at the Common Ground Country Fair. This is a great event and many thanks to all the volunteers/staff who make it possible.

Marsh River's Got Talent will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at the theater, 24 Monroe Highway in Brooks. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. We're lucky to have so much wonderful local talent, so don't miss this show. For more information, call 722-4110. All proceeds benefit the theater.

What's happening with recycling? This will be handled by Coastal Resources of Maine/Fiberight Technology.

Stage 1: Waste in — waste is delivered to Coastal Resources using the current waste collection process.

Stage 2: Size Split — waste is de-bagged, placed onto a conveyor and split into two sizes with a trommel (sorting screen).

Stage 3: Recovery — Dry textiles are recovered from the larger size group and bulky items (such as toasters) are separated from the rest of the waste stream.

Stage 4: Pulping — Both groups are pulped to break down the size of the organics. This allows them to be separated from the recyclables.

Stage 5: Washing & Extraction — The pulped material is washed, which allows solubilization and separation of the food waste from the fiber and unrecyclable mixed material. The fiber is collected. The mixed unrecyclable materials (mostly plastic) have a high calorific value and can be used for internal energy generation.

Stage 6: Hydrolysis — The fiber can be used as solid fuel or sent to hydrolysis where enzymes are used to break down the carbohydrates into sugars. The liquid sugar stream is separated from the residual solid.

Stage 7: Anaerobic Digestion — food waste is processed through anaerobic digestion which converts the material into biogas. The process also cleans the water which is recycled in a closed loop back to washing and extraction.

It'll be good to have recycling back, but continue to do your part by using as little plastic as possible.

Ralph's Cafe has changed its hours. For the time being, dinner service has been suspended. The cafe is open Wednesday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Congratulations to Avery Leclerc on his new job at Seadrill. Avery is a recent graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy.

Spotlight on a Brooks Resident: Pat Donovan

– How long in Brooks: 12 years

– Favorite pizza topping: Spinach

–  First job: Adding machine operator

– Tattoos: No

– Favorite ice cream: Pudding flavor

– Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving

– Car: 2005 Hyundai Sonata

– Can you drive a stick?: Nope

– Hobbies/Interests: Mah Jong, history (Civil War)

– Dream Job: Travel companion

– Favorite Color: Brown

– Astrological Sign: Scorpio

– Early Morning or Night Owl: Morning

– Favorite Movie: "Gone With the Wind"

Happy fall!