The windstorm last week knocked out power and damaged property throughout the area.

The windstorm last week knocked out power and damaged property throughout the area.

But as the city crews cleaned the area, neighbors came together to help each other.

Throughout German Village, there were numerous positive stories that sprang out of the Hurricane Ike's remnants.

"I think people were very eager and willing to do whatever they could," said Jody Graichen, interim executive director for the German Village Society.

With power knocked out, one of the most sought-after items became ice to keep food from spoiling.

Susan Gall, owner of the Hey Hey Bar & Grill, 361 E. Whittier St., opened her business' doors.

Gall received a message from Neighbors 4 Neighbors, the German Village Society's online newsletter, which said people were in need.

"They were talking about nobody having ice and everybody was out," Gall said. "I e-mailed them back and I told them that I had plenty of ice."

Gall said if residents brought their own containers they could have as much ice as they needed.

"We had people that came in, brought their coolers, and loaded them up," Gall said, noting that 10 came in to use her restaurant's icemaker.

Gall said it was the right thing to do.

Resident Leanne Bly said the stormed knocked out power to her house for several days.

Bly said her neighbor Bill Conner was instrumental in keeping her food from spoiling.

"In the middle of the night on Tuesday, it came to me that why we couldn't do that -- run a power cord to my home," Bly said. "I just went over there and asked him and of course he was very happy to do so. We ran a power cord out his garage -- out his garage door -- and into my kitchen window."

Bly said Julie Nusken opened her home as well.

"She offered me showers and plugs for hair drying," Bly said. "I was scheduled for a nice shower at her house Thursday morning but didn't need it."

She said kind neighbors are a part of the area.

"German Village is a jewel of a community and we are lucky to have each other," Bly said. "People really came to the rescue."

Resident Bill Curlis, a German Village Society trustee, was out of town when the storm hit. A tree crashed into his home and blocked the entrance.

Curlis said Bert Stevens saw the tree fall and called another resident, David Gaumer, who came with a chainsaw to start cleaning up the mess.

"When I got home at 1:30 a.m. I was able to get into the house," Curlis said. "Then (Gaumer) came back the next day to cut the rest up and stack it."

Both Schiller Park and Frank Fetch Park were damaged in the storm. Resident Jerry Glick and others immediately cleaned up loose branches at Frank Fetch Park.

Still, there was more work to be done in Schiller Park. Stevens, with the help of the German Village Society's online newsletter, organized people to clean it.

The group of volunteers cleaned up the west side of Schiller Park.

"On Tuesday we did a lot clearing," Stevens said.

Nonetheless, Stevens said it was more than just her group.

"Neighbors just pitched in and helped once we got permission to do it," Stevens said. "It's another example of people who care about our community."

dcross@thisweeknews.com