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O/T - TV's home makeover show rolls into Dundee
Post by jenny on Sep 29th, 2006, 1:29pm
This is not paranormal so is kind of Off Topic, but since our favorite UFO bar/restaurant is located in Dundee (or CAmpbellsport, depending on which side of the parking lot you stand on!), I thought I'd post it. I am not familiar with the family. I enjoy watching the home makeover show's but I always feel bad for the families, I am sure they'd give up the house to have a normal life or have a deceased one back in their lives.
TV's home makeover show rolls into Dundee
By Peggy Breister
Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers
DUNDEE — ABC's “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” arrived this morning at the home of a Fond du Lac County family.
A crew from the show rolled into town in a big way to build a new home for the Christine Koepke family of Dundee.
Koepke, mother of four, is the widow of Matt Koepke, who died Aug. 24 of a rare, aggressive form of cancer.
The cast of the show is expected to “surprise” the Koepke family this morning with the well-known knock on the door and show star Ty Pennington greeting the family along with the design team.
During the day today, the crew will meet with the family and discuss their needs — and then the family will be whisked off on vacation.
Demolition is scheduled to begin Saturday or Sunday. Construction crews will roll in Monday and work should be completed late next week, said Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel, the designated public information officer for the local side of the project.
Buechel has been working with the show’s representatives since June coordinating with local agencies like the Sheriff’s Department and Highway Department for traffic issues in the area.
Dundee is a small community, and roads are expected to be shut down around the Koepke house as construction takes place.
Detours will be established but are not expected to disrupt traffic.
“The plans for the house are drawn,” Buechel said. “It’s going to be a much nicer house than what they have now.”
He estimated the value at about $400,000.
Rumors have been swirling since July that the popular
ABC show was considering the Koepkes for an extreme home makeover.
The work was originally scheduled for Sept. 6, but moved up to August when Matt Koepke’s condition took a turn for the worse.
Koepke died Aug. 24, prompting the show to postpone its construction schedule.
While he was confident the project would take place, Buechel said the show’s representatives said the project would be pulled at any time if media published anything about the project prior to today.
Rick Franzen, co-owner of Rick and Vic’s Piggly Wiggly in Fond du Lac, said the show contacted him Monday to ask if he could supply pallets of water for crews working on the construction.
“I told them to fax me the information, but I also told them the Piggly Wiggly in Campbellsport is closer to the site,” he said. He hadn’t heard back from the show by mid-week.
Franzen said an advance crew for the show is staying at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1 N. Main St.
Meters were bagged Wednesday near the hotel on the south side of Division Street and barricades waited on the sidewalk to proclaim the road closed.
Other members of the popular ABC show — which airs at 7 p.m. Sundays on Channels 2 and 12 — were expected to arrive in Fond du Lac on Wednesday and Thursday.
Attempts to contact representatives of ABC or the show have been unsuccessful.
A representative of the show told Franzen reconstruction would take one week and the show would air in about six weeks.
Although the show would not confirm the Koepkes had been chosen for an extreme home makeover, several local business representatives and government officials confirmed earlier this week that they are aware of the project.
The family/the house
The home of Christine and the late Matt Koepke is located at N3071 Highway 67 in Dundee.
The couple has four children, Derek, who is 22 and cognitively disabled; Jayna, who is 20 and getting married next year; and Mitchell and Johanna, students at Winnebago Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac.
Their home was built by Matt’s grandparents in the 1930s and has been falling into disrepair.
It has the original wooden clapboards and rotting front steps.
The paint is weathered, chipped and peeling.
Attempts to contact the Koepke family and a group of Matt Koepke’s friends that organized a fundraiser for him earlier this summer have been unsuccessful.
A group of Matt’s friends, called Friends of Matt, organized a fundraiser for Matt on July 22 at Dundee Sportsman’s Club to help the family with Matt’s medical expenses.
Melanoma is normally a skin cancer, but Koepke’s cancer attacked his brain and other organs.