The Coshocton County Beacon August 30, 2017 - Page 6
6 THE BEACON
Muskingum students, faculty adapt interactive
toys for children with disabilities
WEST LAFAYETTE -
James “Jim” Robert
Griﬃ th, 89, passed
away August 22, 2017
at West Lafayette
Pointe. He was born
August 26, 1927 in
Cambridge, Ohio to
Joseph A. Griﬃ th Sr.
and Althea (Mackley)
Griﬃ th. On September
25, 1946, he married
Th elma (Sis) Freetage,
who preceded him in
death. Jim worked at
Penn Michigan, Stone
Container and Kraft
Foods. He was also the Mayor of West Lafayette.
Surviving Jim are his daughter, Althea Pearl
Griﬃ th of Cambridge; sister, Jane Swinderman of
Newcomerstown; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Griﬃ th
of Coshocton, Edith and Donna Griﬃ th and Wilma
Freetage of West Lafayette; and numerous nieces and
Preceding Jim in death are his siblings, Edwin
(Floetta), Henry (Catherine and Ruth), Joe, Emmett
(Irene), Richard, William, Dorothy (Earl) Dickerson,
Betty (Wayne) Bradford and baby sister, Eleanor;
brothers-in-law, Cecil (Dorothy), Reuben, Gene
(Ada), Buzz (Wilma), Larry (Linda) and Max
A funeral service was held on Jim’s birthday,
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm with Pastor
Galen Honabarger oﬃ ciating. Family and friends
were received one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of ﬂ owers, the family request donations in
Jim’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater
East Ohio Area, 70 W. Streetsboro St., Suite 201,
Hudson, OH 44236
An online memorial can be viewed
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NEW CONCORD - In eff ort to make a positive impact on
their community, a pair of undergraduate engineering
students at Muskingum University partnered with a
faculty member over the summer on a project to adapt
interactive children’s toys for children with disabilities.
Staci Wilson ‘18 and Warren Wilson ‘19, both engineer-
ing science majors from Cleveland, worked in partner-
ship with Associate Professor of Engineering Dr. Sandra
Soto-Cabán to adapt common electronic toys by adding
an additional output that activates the toys so that chil-
dren with a variety of physical disabilities can initiate the
sound eff ects and interactive features.
“Adapted toys like this are available online but can cost
four to fi ve times more than the original. Many families
can’t aff ord that,” Dr. Soto-Cabán said. “By adapting
purchased or donated toys ourselves, we can provide
something fun for the children, save their families money
and educate our students all at the same time.”
Th e adapted toys will either be donated to local families
or to a local toy library for distribution. Dr. Soto-Cabán
WEST LAFAYETTE – Th e Rotary Club of West Lafayette will
have a health fair on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 7 – 9 a.m. at
the West Lafayette First Baptist Church, 688 East Main St.
No appointments are needed and all participants must
fast for 12 hours.
Tests off ered are as follows:
CBC and Comp Panel (CMP) and Lipid Panel for $60.
Th is will check for blood count / anemia, electrolytes,
glucose, kidney and liver function, cholesterol, tri-
glycerides, HDL/LDL ratios, and LDL/VLDL cholesterol.
A1C for $20. Th is is the percentage marker for diabetic
degree of control.
TSH for $20. Th is is a thyroid-stimulating hormone that
causes thyroid disease.
PSA for $20. Th is tests for prostate cancer.
Vitamin B12 for $25 and Vitamin D for $35.
Male Cancer Screen for $75 which includes liver, stom-
ach, colon, pancreas, and prostate and female cancer
screening for $75 which includes liver, stomach, colon,
pancreas, and ovarian.
HEPC for $30. If there is a positive result, the patient
will pay $110 for more extensive testing.
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also plans for her fellows to act as mentors to incoming
fi rst-year engineering students and will assist in training
the students to adapt the toys themselves.
Dr. Soto-Cabán’s toy adaptation project is one of several
projects undertaken by a group of students and faculty
over the summer. Th e