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Good evening and welcome to this edition of grassroots Journal I'm Glen Johnson and I'm Barbara Dechen said and I will take a look at a collection of old fashioned electric trains that will meet a man who comes as woodworking music to his Irish folk art that will listen to the music of the Spokane Jr. sent to me and that's dedicated to young members. Next we'll check out a canine obedience class of Moscow and see what it takes to make the grade in dog school and finally the Phoenix House in Lewiston. But first it's often Museum to find out the electric train. If you've seen one art museum you've seen them all right. Well that's not necessarily true. There's a museum in Moscow that has some rather unusual exhibits. REPORTER And he said he didn't see one or one sculpture anywhere. This article said it at the Pritchard gallery doesn't feature works with titles like Still Life with fruit. Instead the pieces have names like Blue Comet Hiawatha and silver bullet. There are nearly 100 trains here
each one different from the rest. The trains come from collections of various Inland Empire residents. One of the collectors Jim Hawking hole of Pullman has long been a train fan. He fondly remembers the heyday of electric trains. You got to remember that for a certain age group. That was the major toy for boys was the electric train and. I can I can picture the Christmas morning in my mind very very clearly. Came down the stairs and saw that Lionel running around. It's a special moment. Jim says part of the appeal of the train sets is the fact that they were designed as one thing only as a toy. They're. Completely trained. They're sitting in front. And in the same way.
They were supposed to go on the same. I mean it didn't really make any difference. They were. Looking at some of the trains on exhibit. It's hard to believe they were ever designed to be touched played with by a small boy. Other. Trains were made. Things got a little began having. Had a little run across. When they went under bridges and really. Guided missile cars that exploded. The exhibit is more than just a collection of toys. The curator of the museum says the miniature trains represent a part of America. The train was the great expansion of the continent. It was a vehicle in which people
move across United States. It was. Represented in the train stations the train stations architecturally were great ways to the west and to the front here linking the nation together. Jim agrees with the past is what makes the trains exciting. He says trains played a part in American life that has never been duplicated not even by our number one form of transportation today. The car they're different than automobiles. They don't go everywhere they go along the tracks there are big steam locomotives particularly were incredibly impressive. Huge machine. And when you were. When you were an adult. Little. Monsters. They came in a regular time. You could anticipate them. There was a station where all the business of railroads went on in the station would usually landscaped.
So I think there's a kind of glamour and romance about it. The train show is considered a big success. One of its purposes of course is to attract people to the gallery who might not normally step inside an art museum. David says the guest book proves just how popular the exhibit has been. We've been running about 200 200 people a day come in and gone through this. And people are starting to come back again. You know like it's it's the kind of show that you come in and spend half an hour select something and then
go out and then come back and discover something that you didn't see before. People of all ages. Remember the past. Others to see models of They've heard of but never seen. And whether they view it as art or as a reminder of America's past. Most agree it is a lot of fun. Reporting for grassroots Journal. I'm John. Don says the model train displays just the first in a series of the picture gallery so we can look forward to more minutes or collections to come. Our next story takes us to Spokane where the beautiful strains of hard music are filling the air. And if you think about it it's not every day you hear heart music. There's not too many people know how to play this unusual instrument. Well our reporter Andy Lockett learned of one man who not only plays the harps but he makes them as well. In this small workshop a little bit of irony comes to life thanks to Jim.
Spokane man who for the love of it builds and plays Irish folk art. In the folk art differs from other harps because it's smaller and often played solo making four special relationship between musician and instrument. It's a synthesis. Of a person and their feelings and. Just get it not only getting in touch with other things outside of the conscious self let's say or things such as that but but getting in touch with one's self when Jim quite Conan talks about carbs it's usually in a spiritual sense as if the heart itself was a person with the soul as rich as its Irish past. Burn Ireland for card has been played by both kings and common man. And for thousands of years served as the mediator between the gods and man. It even was used in wars. Harper's generally at least from my understanding
were some of the first people generally into battle they had a special strap on the harp and on the base of the harp was a bronze plate which they were said to be able to carry Saber blows with. And I kind of feel that as exposed as they were were still not a great number of them died I don't know that it would have been considered proper etiquette to. Kill Harper I would like to think so I hope you don't see too many carbs on battlefields anymore but I don't and maintain some of the old traditions by certain carvings on his harps like this salmon head and Irish mythology the salmon represents wisdom to guide tone and part of the full carps magic comes from its birth place. The history of Ireland is different than the history of. Any place else and most anywhere else is having a mythology.
And separate from the mythology you have a. History. In Ireland. Their history is their mythology Tonin has been building full carp since 1981. He got into it believe it or not because of his love for rebuilding old cars. He always hated However replacing the wood on the cars and was complaining about it one day to a friend his friend replied and would enjoy working with wood more if he only had a proper wood project. And as fate would have it he just happened to have lying about a book on full cars so I thought well if I'm going to do a project make it a worthwhile project. And since he had the book I figured it would be. The proper thing to do to build a harp since I had always wanted to build a musical instrument of some sort since that time has built by carbs. Putting one together is a long process that takes between 40 to 70 hours. Time
spent looking for the right wood cutting drilling and eventually stringing up. Always keep in mind the proper feeling. You have to feel what you think you have to feel or you have to have to transfer. Inner self to that it has a life. You are as creative or give birth when you spend tone and will charge anywhere from six hundred to twelve hundred dollars for one of his full carps. He says his work is an adult cation rather than a vocation and they don't quit if it becomes too much of a business. But until then Jim Conan will continue to build much to the delight of all car players and lovers for the Irish carp has found a special home in the Pacific Northwest. I think that might be in respect to just environs. And that. With.
The trees in the water. There there's very much. That. Possibility for interaction is something that if you take it out into the woods or next to a stream. You're playing it for yourself. But in that respect. You know the trees are listening to enjoy it. Reporting for grassroots journal I mean. There are times when parents regret encouraging their children to take up musical instruments. You know those times those practice hours with all the squeaks and wrong notes. But there is hope and perhaps this next story will bring you some encouragement. Hang in there. Surely Skidmore takes us to Spokane. We will meet some young musicians who have turned off a quiet riot and the police are now grooving to the tunes of old Bach and
Beethoven. The New York Philharmonic it's not but for these young people it could be just the beginning of a promising careers as professional musician. This is the Spokane symphony. Fine tuning in Beethoven and Brahms just hours after time the group. Been around since 1949 and it attracts young talented students from the Spokane area who are very serious about music. And in an orchestra are generally there for the credit. They want to know to pass a class get an A in a class. They go there and they goof around and it's not as serious and the music quality as nice can play more contemporary music though it's not at all challenging. School Music continues and it's always always exciting and it's always a pleasure to play. If you're injured. It's much higher and the music is much more aggressive and more fun to play and kids are in the juice of it because they want to be in there and so they try hard to play well and
make it sound the best they can. Conductor George Hanson has a lot of goals for the Junior symphony but two of the main ones are increasing community awareness of the group and adding more musicians. I think we can nearly double the size of the group and still maintain the level of performance that we have now. Perhaps. Perhaps. Some of the players and the players more of a chance to. Be exposed to this kind of orchestral repertoire which they really can't. And. Were able to do. Musicians don't have the experience of
seasoned professionals working with them. In many ways. It's quite similar if you treat the younger kids the younger people in the orchestra like younger kids. And that's something to be avoided. You treat them with respect. Treat them with courtesy. Expect them to be. Talent together. And I keep in constant touch with them. Lots of times when something's going wrong. No rehearsal people call me. And I've heard a lot of people that are going to know my life if I continue which I will. And
it's nice to know that there are people out there. It's like a big family everybody. Like last year this is kind of like starting over again because last year. We had a big. Big group a large number of people graduate and go on to college and move away. So it's like starting a family again right now. But it's there's a lot of good friendships there and. Then of course you still have your people who don't like you know but it's really neat to be an organization like every musician has to start somewhere. So you never know. The freshman violinist Turner through tomorrow reporting for grassroots Journal I'm sure. Good morning. Your sense and I will be putting on two more performances before they knock off for a short summer break. The students at our next story don't get any breaks. They're enrolled in a dog obedience class and
Moscow commands like sit and heel may not be the kind of lessons that a dog like Snoopy would appreciate that report a Starr Coddington tells us the dogs of the Moscow Pullman area are just proving that old phrase if they can get an old dog new tricks. Whoever of the phrase it's a dog's life. Talking about canine obedience Probably not but in Moscow each Tuesday evening the Eagan youth center turns into an exciting classroom for enthusiastic coaches. Do you think that with these eager learners all in the same room that the students might create a bit of havoc. But instructor Terry Ryan claims there's a good reason why the dogs are too afraid or too aggressive on their first day of school. I have never had a dog but only one would do that to a real orientation. I'm more or less brainwashed like people given examples of that a little bit. I try to let them think like their dog and therefore. Eliminate a lot of
the potential problems on the first night of the first people only when we talk about something. I really have never had a major class foreigners talking about their pets behind their backs is only the first step to a safe and sane program. Many people feel they aren't able to control their dog and Terry explains that help is available if the owner simply assumes the role of leader of the pack in training and training he said. Example in the guidelines how to behave. In the league with the dog. But simply taking charge of your dog won't make him obedient. Terry advises that even though there are a few hazards starting your pet's training at an early age will benefit both him and the instructor. We get a lot of wee wee in class especially when I was holding. A big tree is really the way to go. The dogs at a very young age.
In. A proper environment. He's just. Doing things right. He will. Learn. And learn into the goodness of his personality is more or less completely formed by the time the 16 weeks of age that only gives you a couple of months to really. Get a lot of information to. Be appropriate here because this is Terry's most important phrase man's best friend as an animal not as a child. People tend to. Sometimes treat their dogs as humans. They're anthropomorphic think that their dog. Can understand everything they say. And all have. More or less. Words to the dog and that really is only some keywords. And I think that
kind of nags the dog and they need to learn those commands firmly and then praise them for the response. Sometimes you'll get handlers that forget that their dog is doing a good job you know praise or just take their dogs for granted. So that's one of the things I'm always saying that's very. The old operant conditioning lesson pops up in every class session. A proper response followed by a pleasant state of affairs is apt to occur in frequency and this seems to be a key idea in the US but do the sit down and stay with the canine students. Certainly and I think that the training needs to be reinforced in its lobby if the owners allow them to get lucky. I have been very long live here on the street looking very obnoxious and out of control simply because their owners are willing to be. One of the dog owners. Lorraine McAfee says the success of the class will rely on her
not her dog Bonnie. I think it depends on what I do learn. I hope. She's going be a part of our family. She is jumping. I don't want to be chasing after all the time. I want to learn to stay with us. And to behave around people learning to behave correctly is exactly what the class is all about. Although some beginning students do get a bit restless in class others are attentive and taking mental notes. Well still others find lecture boring. Terry is proud to have her students compete in obedience shows but claims that her training is important for more practical reasons. Many instances where. A billion's training has made the difference between life or death for the animal. I don't mean just in an emergency situation but there have been some cases where. The dog would have had to use a knife. Or the dog would have had to be given up because of family pressures get this dog under control or getting out.
That's a good thing. And so we have been able to accomplish that. When Tintin told Rover or Muffy whatever type of pad one has when a canine is a troublesome pooch keep in mind to train don't complain. Reporting for grassroots Journal I'm Sara Coddington. The dogs will soon be graduating from their beginning obedience school in the move on the fetching and jumping glasses. Our final story tonight takes us to Lewiston. We will meet some very special people. They reside at the Phoenix House as Reporter Doualy youngest tells us national symbol of hope for those who live there. These people came together because they all share one special goal a new chance for a normal life. But for these residents it's a goal which isn't as simple as it sounds. That's because like others who are emotionally disturbed they've spent years in and out of mental institutions being treated for illnesses ranging from paranoia to
schizophrenia and sheltered with the day to day care which wasn't actually necessary. They lost most of their independent living skills. But now these normal intelligent people are getting another chance to live a regular life thanks to a program called Phoenix House. Phoenix House is offering an alternative living arrangement much less restrictive setting and the opportunity to rely on yourself solve your problems and use what skills you have developed those areas that your deficit. I think we chose the name Phoenix bird because it's a symbol of human immortality or renewal and it could be compared to the way the residents have paintings House are rebuilding their lives to become a resident. Each person must be able to pay their share of the expenses as well as understand the handling and dosage of their own medication. And although Cheryl serves as a supervisor to the group they live on their own and work as a team helping each other learn and develop those skills needed for everyday life.
I'm learning how to go shopping you know. Learn how to make a menu how to budget your money and. Mostly just living on your own with peers. That peer support is exactly what the program is all about. As each member's progress relies on the feedback and advice given from the others during daily evaluations known as status means. Everybody here is working at Steyn staying in the community and it's a job it's a job and they and they help each other and that's what status meeting is about so when somebody says you know I see you're having a problem with this that really relates to things that eventually could lead to their rehospitalization and you know little symptoms that are showing what we do is we have a meeting like if a problem comes up we discuss it. And work the problem out of the negative thing about the person that helps them. If you are on your own and you're doing something negative what would
happen. You'd be sitting there alone in the group. If if you did some negative proof proof so it wouldn't be negative it would become positive. How the residents fare in these discussions also determines their standing within the house as they're assigned to one of four statuses each dictating the time they have to be in at night. Somebody that's a status for somebody that's pretty outstanding. That's really really doing well individually and in the group. And doing a little extra too. But the program also emphasizes responsibility outside the house as members are encouraged to work and earn money within the community. Hopefully reducing some of the stigma which surrounds mental illness at the same time. I've been out there. You don't understand what do you know help. Well little is all about the kind of scare shy away from. You're no different than
I am in a way. And I got problems like you might have every day. To solve those problems whether any of the residents will ever be well enough to move on into independent living is a little more difficult to answer. But thanks to the Phoenix House program for these men and women the road back to normal life is a much easier journey. We're just letting them be people like everybody else. You know despite their whatever kinds of problems they may have they're just returning to live and work in the community the best of their ability and just so. That way. Reporting for grassroots Journal. I'm Don only a guess. There are more than 260 homes spread across the country and they're all very successful. And right now they're looking for more members in a larger house.
Well we sure hope you've enjoyed this program and that you'll join us again next week for more stories about life in the Inland Empire. And I'm going. You're.
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This episode of Grass Roots Journal consists of five segments. "Model Train" is about a model train exhibition at the Prichard Gallery in Moscow, ID and includes interviews with model train enthusiast Jim Hockenhull and museum curator David Giese. "Harp Maker" features Jim Kytonen, a musician and craftsman who specializes in Irish folk harps. "Junior Symphony" is about the Spokane Junior Symphony. Conductor George Hanson and students Ashley Shultz and Cory Smith are interviewed. "Dog Obedience" highlights a dog obedience training program run by Terry Ryan in Moscow, ID. "Phoenix House" concerns Phoenix House, a supportive home and rehabilitation center for patients with mental or emotional issues. In the segment, supervisor Cheryl Olsen is interviewed.
Based out of Pullman, Washington, Grass Roots Journal is a local interest magazine program that profiles local people, businesses, and events. Coverage tends to focus on human interest stories from Eastern Washington and Idaho.
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