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The Band of America's Few/ Phone In: Preserving Jams and Jellies with Ellie Topp

Stepping Out: Military bands from around the world will take the stage in Halifax tomorrow to perform at the official opening of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Most of those bands are tightly-knit groups who have been working on their routines for months. But one band met for the first time exactly one week ago. Its 56 members have never practiced together before, but they intend to perform with nothing less than military precision. The Band of America's Few is composed of retired U.S. Marine Corps musicians. They came to Halifax from as far away as Virginia and Hawaii, all for the love of playing together again. Freelance reporter Shaina Luck brings us the story of the first American band to visit the Tattoo in 14 years.

Must be Jelly: We're in prime strawberry season, and cartons of ruby red juicy goodness are spilling from roadside stands and super market shelves. Blueberries and blackberries aren't that far behind. Those berries are great fresh - add a little cream or even better - some whipped cream and a shortbread bisquit , and you officially arrive at a slice of heaven. But it's alway nice to enjoy nature's bounty out of season. Ellie Topp is the co-author of the Complete Book of Year-Round Small Batch Preserving, and you called her with all your questions about jams and jellies.

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