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P )S.T;GA .ETTE,MARCHQ3", 2012; " WROM NEWSPAPERS AND OTHERPUBLICATIONS) :) J Compiled by ~r~io Z. Suttafuoco STUDY MUSIC TO HELP THE BRAIN STAY HEALTHY IN SENIOR YEARS. The many music lessons taken to learn to play piano or the guitar, sometimes under a parents' prodding, and during the early years, are beneficial in later years, not necessarily to join an orchestra. It is primarily to help the brain to stay alert and active in senior years. Researchers have studied 70 healthy adults, between ages 60-83, dividing them into groups based on a level Of musical experience. The results have disclosed that those with a better knowledge of music had better success passing cog- nitive tests, much better than those who had no musical knowledge, reading music or playing an instrument. Musical activity is a cognitive exercise which coordinates the study while keeping the brain in shape, capable of fac- ing the challenge of old age. The study of an instrument requires years of practice, learning and of creating alternative connections in the brain, which compensate for the cognitive decline as we age. In a test, those who studied music for long periods of time succeeded better than others. Of course, those who never learned music scored very low. In short, the length of musical studies, it was found, turned out to be more important than continuing to play an instrument. LEGAL NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No H234-C1, RELOCATION OF PERIMETER ROAD AT RUNWAY 11 END AND 600' WOODEN FENCE REPLACEMENT, L. G. HANSCOM FIELD, BEDFORD, MA, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 immediately after which, in a designated room, the proposal will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE 3R~ FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM, CIVIL AIR TERMINAL, L.G. HANSCOM FIELD, BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS AT 1:00 PM (L(pCAL TIME) ON THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012. The work includes: CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW PERIMETER ROAD LOCATED AT THE 11 END OF RUNWAY 11-29 AN~D THE REMOVAL OF THE EXISTING PERIMETER ROAD, REGRADE, LOAM AND SEED. ALSO INCLUDED IS THE INSTALLATION OF A NEW PERIMETER FENCE AND REMOVAL OF THE EXISTING PERIMETER FENCE AT THE 5 END OF RUNWAY 5-23. Bid documents will be made available beginning FRIDAY, MARCI;130, 2012. The estimated contract cost is $370,000. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge ,at the Authority's Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. A.?rcoposa/guar~n~oshall b~.=.su,,bmj~e~lbwithea+ch Genera/.Bidfhnmsisj~int g of aobimdpde,positfOr fd'~eo(~! I " I I I +g II mU~t 18 +IV+ (~I ++++m~l +l I~+ +Ul~-~i~l ~6u+l, ,d 11~6 (6~ 6[ A ~lll~oPicl, or casll, ora Cer[3,~ c~ecl