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Aurelian involved with 'Extreme Home Makeover'

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bowen worked on this Sunday's project

Jeff Bowen
AURELIA - Aurelia's Jeff Bowen recently underwent an exciting "adventure," and this weekend you can share in it.

Bowen, owner of the Geo-Loop business in Aurelia, received a call from a well driller from Stockton, Ill. who asked if Jeff could bring one of the grouters his company manufactures to do some work on a nearby home that the ABC television show "Extreme Home Makeover" was doing as a remodeling project.

Jeff headed out to the small town of Lena, Illinois, where the Stott family home was in the process of a makeover. Working from midnight to 8 a.m. on September 9, Bowen grouted the water well between the earth and the well casing to make an environmentally safe seal. Done with his job, he asked if he could park his trailer nearby and stick around awhile . Given permission to do so, Jeff then spent the next few days as one of the many volunteers doing various "odd jobs" around the set to help the makeover people accomplish their goals.

Here is a photo of the "finished product" the Stott family of Lena, Illinois, came home to after the 'Extreme Home Makeover' crew had finished their week's work. Photo submitted.
Bowen says of the experience, "There were many interesting things I saw there the week of the build. It was an awesome experience seeing the volunteers building this house complete in about 5 1/2 days. Just think - 1,500 skilled volunteers and around 2,000 unskilled volunteers throughout the week to make it all happen. It all went on 24-7, with lights that made it like daylight all night long on the site.

"And highway 20 was closed for about 10 days, as the new house was built about 500 feet north of the highway. This project also included a new pond, fencing for their animals, a new chicken house, a rebuilt sheep shed and repainted barn - all above and beyond the new house.

"The new house also has geothermal heating and cooling, along with a wind generator to supplement the entire electrical system. I could go on and on about what I saw that week," added Bowen. "What a great experience being able to help with this project. I had to actually sign a contract with ABC to do this volunteer work. Everything was VERY well organized.

"I also got an 'Extreme Make Over' tee shirt autographed by (series star) Ty (Pennington) for my daughter Jenny. There was an estimated 5,000 people there the afternoon of the return of the Stott family. What an awesome experience it was. "

And if you tune in to ABC on Sunday at 7 p.m., you too can see some of what Jeff Bowen was able to experience.

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Way too go Jeff! You made Aurelia very proud by being part of this. If the world had more people like you in it, the world would be a much better place.

Aurelia should be very thanful to have you as a citizen!!!

-- Posted by concernedalum on Thu, Nov 12, 2009, at 11:50 AM

Good Job, Jeff! You had a great experience, and did a good deed. Aurelia is lucky to have you as a citizen!!

-- Posted by jstutz on Thu, Nov 12, 2009, at 5:23 PM

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