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Local TV Program To Explore LV homes in Perryville, Missouri, Shotgun Home Restoration in Cairo, Illinois

Contact: David Kidd, (618) 453-5887, Jak Tichenor (618) 453-6187

Carbondale, Ill. - An upcoming episode of WSIU InFocus, a weekly television series produced by WSIU TV, the public television stations of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will feature the environmentally friendly LV home series, manufactured in Perryville, Missouri, as well as recent efforts to remodel a shotgun style home in Cairo, Illinois. The half-hour episode will air on Friday, February 12 at 9pm, with repeat broadcasts on Sunday, February 14 at 12:30pm and Friday, February 19 at 5pm.

In the first segment of this two-part episode, Debbie Whitlatch meets with LV home designer, Rocio Romero, in Perryville, Missouri who explains how this modern construction incorporates eco-friendly design principles that embrace simplicity and reflect a style connected to nature. The homes, which come in kits that include the outer shell of the home and can be delivered anywhere in the world, employ conventional construction methods, so any general contractor can build them.

WSIU InFocus then travels to Cairo, Illinois to capture efforts of the SIU School of Architecture to save and restore a shotgun-style home located on Sycamore Avenue. SIU students and faculty worked diligently over the course of 11 weeks in the summer of 2009 to replace the house's rotten siding, rebuild its 100-year-old wooden windows, and complete a host of other home improvement projects. When completely renovated, the remodeled home will be used as the new location of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce. Organizers of the project hope that the successful renovation will pave the way for similar homes in Cairo, and across the country, to be renovated for low-income housing at a fraction of the cost of new construction.

Viewers who miss the program can watch online at wsiu.org/infocus, then select either the "Watch Now" button for recently broadcast episodes or the "episode archive" link.

WSIU InFocusis a weekly magazine-style series that turns the spotlight on our region's people, places, events, and issues. Co-hosted by George Norwood and Roz Rice, the series includes a combination of field-produced and in-studio segments covering topics in news and public affairs, regional history and cultural identity, the arts and education, and family and community.

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