Coast Guard Band vocalist Megan Weikleenget joins service band chorus for Super Bowl performance


Vocalists from the five uniformed services bands will sing "America the Beautiful" before Super Bowl 50 – and Megan Weikleenget, the Musician 1st Class vocalist from the United States Coast Guard Band, will be the academy's first-ever representative at a Super Bowl.

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Ready for redpolls?

In the far north, beyond the Canadian Shield, at the very top of the earth there is a small bird whose numbers are in the millions and whose presence defines the open forests of spruce, birch and alder.

Rick's List: Old-person birthday edition

At a certain age, one’s birthday becomes less about celebration and joy (and preferably a surprise party with a keg of Red Hook and a peeled shrimp tray).

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Upcoming concerts and shows

The Cult — April 3 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $40, $50

Shawn Mendes — Aug. 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 6; $35

Dave Matthews Band — June 11 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at noon Feb. 19; $20.50-$85

Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, more — April 29 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $60-$100

Coldplay — July 30 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $29.50-$179.50

Brantley Gilbert — June 3 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $30.75-$55.50

Barenaked Ladies — June 25 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $37-$77

Kim Richey — April 27 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $25

DEAR ABBY

Small displays tell larger tale of late husband’s life

DEAR ABBY: My husband passed away recently and I have some items of his I’m unsure how to tastefully display to honor his memory.

Visits to mother-in-law feel like stepping into a fight ring

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Woman on egg donor registry need not volunteer her status

DEAR ABBY: I recently decided that I wanted to help an infertile couple conceive by becoming an egg donor.

Neighbors’ neglected dog is causing a big stink

DEAR ABBY: We recently bought a new home and have discovered that our elderly neighbors are caring for their grandson’s dog.

Gay father must find way to share son’s parenting

DEAR ABBY: My friend “Steve” is in his mid-20s and became a father a few months ago.

Dad’s ragged appearance may follow him to the grave

DEAR ABBY: My father is 80. In his prime he was a businessman with lots of contacts.

Fiance’s service as marine makes waves on homefront

DEAR ABBY: My fiance is in the Marine Reserves.

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Your stars - Feb. 5

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