Monday, April 12, 1999


Worried about a neighbor

        SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP - Her name is Doreen, or something like that. She stumbled through Friday's predawn darkness, barefoot and in shock, worried about her two daughters and unable to remember how she got on the ground.

A brick and what is left of a keyboard lay in a yard on Conell Road in Sycamore Twp. Cincinnati Enquirer/Michael E. Keating
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        That's pretty much all her neighbor, Pat Kellner, knows.

        During the frantic ride to nearby Bethesda North Hospital that Ms. Kellner and her son, Kevin, 42, gave Doreen and her girls, the Kellners never asked their last name. Now, they need to know Doreen and the kids are OK.

        “I haven't heard about them and I'm worried,” Mrs. Kellner said as she stood in her driveway Sunday, watching county cleanup crews remove debris from along Marlette Drive.

        Mrs. Kellner said Doreen apparently lived at the corner of Marlette and Glenmill Court. One of her daughters might be named Christine.

        Doreen and her daughters were the first victims of the tornado to reach Bethesda North, Mrs. Kellner said. She hasn't seen them since.

Friendly cook
        As people have picked through rubble left by Friday's twister, Jerry Bamberger has done the cooking.

        Mr. Bamberger is the man who oversees warehouse operations and meal distribution for the Salvation Army's disaster services.

        With food donated by the Kroger store in Sharonville, Mr. Bamberger and his crews have been busy feeding people trying to put life back in order.

        On Friday, a meal of ham, green beans and potatoes was served to about 250 residents, firefighters and police officers, he said.

        Saturday's big meal was chicken and potato salad, which went to about 200 people, he said. By Sunday, only 170 to 180 people needed the disaster service's lunch meat trays and soda.

Found: Scared cats
        Calvin and Hobbes are back. Matter of fact, the cats never left home.

        Eleanor and Bruce Bardes found their 7-year-old cats Saturday in the rubble of their Cornell Road home. Hobbes was found hiding in the living room. Calvin was discovered under the bed where he was sleeping before Friday's tornado struck and the roof caved in on the second-story bedroom.

        “Calvin had a cut on his paw,” Eleanor Bardes said. “That was the only injury they suffered. Other than being scared.”


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