Galesburg Internship: Part 7

Christmas time is almost here! Exciting. (I guess)

Dick Kowalski, of Galesburg, Ill., shares a laugh with mayor John Pritchard on Nov. 23 at the conclusion of the 37th annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon at Best Western Plus Prairie Inn in Galesburg, Ill. Kowalski was named this year's recipient of the Thomas B. Herring Community Service Award, an award that recognizes a person who exemplifies true service to others without recognition or publicity.

Knoxville High School freshmen Jacob Betz, left, and Steven Comandini watch a 3-D printer in action on Nov. 23. The high school in Knoxville, Ill., recently added two 3-D printers and started a robotics team.

A 3-D printer puts the finishing touches on Totodile from the Pokémon series at Knoxville High School.

Galesburg High School's student section reacts to a play on the court during the Streaks' boys basketball opener against East Peoria on Nov. 25 at John Thiel Gymnasium.

People and Target employees wait outside of the store's Galesburg, Ill., location prior to the 6 p.m. opening Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 26.

Angie Craig of Wataga eyes a 36-inch giant plush bear while shopping on Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 26, at Target in Galesburg, Ill.

Galesburg's Cody Hawthorne goes up to block a shot during the Streaks' game against TEAM Englewood on Nov. 27 at John Thiel Gymnasium. The Streaks won 71-28. 

Cleanup from an overnight train derailment is underway Nov. 30 at the BNSF Railway yard in Galesburg, Ill. At 1:38 a.m. Nov. 30, 14 empty railroad cars derailed in the yard while being moved around, but no one was injured and did not cause any train traffic issues.

Tom Egan, of Galesburg, Ill., shares a laugh with volunteers as he hangs snowflakes inside the Discovery Depot Children's Museum in Galesburg, Ill., Nov. 30 in preparation for the annual Festival of Trees event held on the first Thursday in December.

Attendees of the World AIDS Day Tree Lighting Ceremony stand in a moment of silence Dec. 1 as a tree at the Memorial Garden outside of the Knox County Health Department in Galesburg, Ill., is illuminated with red lights. World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to heighten awareness of both HIV and AIDS, as well as to remember those whose lives have been touched by the disease.

Richard Hogan, of Galesburg, Ill., dances to the "Macarena" with his daughter Alexis, 7, during the 27th annual Daddy-Daughter Candyland Ball Dec. 2 at the Lake Storey Pavilion in Galesburg, Ill.

Shirley Warren, 91, of Canton, Ill., takes a look around her new living room at Courtyard Estates of Knoxville. Warren was one of the first residents to move into the new assisted living center Dec. 4, located on 415 E. Main St. in Knoxville, Ill.

Monmouth-Roseville boys basketball head coach Chuck Grant stares at the clock during the Titans' game with Camp Point Central on Dec. 5 in Monmouth, Ill. The Titans won 72-49 to improve to 6-0 on the season.