Fairdale Remembers

Over the weekend, residents of Fairdale and the surrounding communities gathered to remember the tornado that struck one year ago Saturday. On April 9th, 2015 a tornado with winds reaching 200 mph touched down leaving two women dead and a community devastated. 

A variety of events were held and attended by locals, surrounding community members, notable area leaders, and Governor Rauner. The anniversary schedule of events was titled “Fairdale: Year of New Beginnings.” A park bench was dedicated to the two victims was unveiled in Fairdale Park, as was a plaque of the town’s history from 1842 and a stone marker dedicated to the recovery.

A weather warning siren donated
by Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary
stands in the background
Efforts have been underway over the past year to build new homes and remodel those left uninhabitable from the tornado. As part of the day's services, Habitat for Humanity and Governor Rauner helped to break ground on a new home for Deena Schell and her family. 

State Representative Bob Pritchard (R-Sycamore) read a proclamation honoring Bill Nicklas, head of the DeKalb County Long Term Recovery Corporation, which was established to help people rebuild. The proclamation dedicated April 9th as Bill Nicklas Day and honored the work being done with the Fairdale recovery effort.  

Read more about Saturday's public remembrances at the Daily Chronicle