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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.

Galesburg Internship: Part 6

Weather got colder which was expected, and even some snow fell recently.

Galesburg High School boys basketball head coach Mike Reynolds watches as members of the team perform a drill during practice Nov. 9 at John Thiel Gymnasium.

Steve Richerson, of Frog Pond, Ala., also known by his stage name "Steve Trash", entertains Galesburg and Monmouth area school students Nov. 10 at The Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, Ill.

Steve Richerson, of Frog Pond, Ala., also known by his stage name "Steve Trash", entertains Galesburg and Monmouth area school students Nov. 10 at The Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, Ill.

Paula Helle, left, leads members of the Galesburg High School choir in rehearsal Nov. 11. The choir has been rehearsing for its annual Madrigal Dinner held in December.

Trees were uprooted late night Nov. 11 and early Nov. 12 from a wind storm at Memorial Park Cemetery in Galesburg, Ill.

Parts of a roof from Harvest Church of God in East Galesburg, Ill., were found in the nearby neighbor's yard after late night Nov. 11 and early Nov. 12's wind storm.

Ottawa Marquette's David Marin gets carried off the field following the Crusaders' 17-14 win against Orion in the IHSA Class 1A quarterfinal Nov. 14 in Ottawa, Ill. Marin kicked a 26-yard field goal in the final seconds to win the game for Ottawa Marquette, who advanced to the semifinal and will play Stark County.

Paul Brechbuhler, left, of Galesburg, Ill., speaks to attendees of a candlelight vigil Nov. 15 outside The Beanhive in Galesburg, Ill. Members of the community attended the candlelight vigil for Sally Christianson, 18, of Wataga, Ill., who died overnight Nov. 12 in a single-car accident.

An all-terrain vehicle navigates through big puddles between tracks Nov. 17 at the BNSF Railway yard in Galesburg, Ill.

Carl Sandburg College's Kassi Henrekin tries to elude Lincoln College's Ashanti Barnett on Nov. 20 during the Chargers' game with the Lynx at Carl Sandburg College's John M. Lewis Gymnasium. The Chargers won 81-55.

Westbound traffic on U.S. Highway 150 goes about their business as snow begins to fall late-night Nov. 20 north of Galesburg, Ill.

Annawan-Wethersfield football players huddle around two heaters during a timeout of their IHSA Class 2A semifinal with Tri-Valley on Nov. 21 in Downs, Ill. Annawan-Wethersfield fell to Tri-Valley 20-12, closing their season at 11-2.

Galesburg Internship: Part 5

The weather as of early November is finally where it should be for this time of year (chilly). However it's been a BEAUTIFUL autumn and thank goodness for no snow yet. Sports will slow down briefly with high school football almost over (there's still a few teams in our area remaining in the playoffs) but will pick back up again with basketball coming by the middle of the month. Still have been part of some cool things recently as far as the news stuff goes.

By the way you can now click on the photos and view them full screen with caption (or lightbox as the cool kids call it). You can also hover over the picture for caption info now instead of just seeing it right below the image.

Doug Alderman, far left, owner of Railway Public Studios, films cast members acting out a scene Oct. 26 as part of a promotional video outside of the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, Ill. The promotional video features antique cars, people dressed in old-style clothing and dancing girls, with a scheduled release online in November.

Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis talks with local school administrators Oct. 27 following her tour of Knoxville High School in Knoxville, Ill. Purvis toured several school districts throughout the day.

Rockridge's Drake Schroeder (86) has a little fun during his team's huddle after they beat Rushville-Industry 42-21 in the first round of the IHSA Class 2A playoffs Oct. 30 at Bob Wixom Field in Rushville, Ill.

Spring Valley Hall's Drew Pullam (4) hikes the ball during the Red Devils' IHSA Class 2A first round playoff game with the United Red Storm on Oct. 31 at Richard Nesti Stadium in Spring Valley, Ill. The Red Devils beat the Red Storm 34-0.

Spring Valley Hall's Jake Merkel (23) stiffarms United's Nick Penn (21) during the Red Devils' 34-0 win against the Red Storm Oct. 31 in the first round of the IHSA Class 2A playoffs.

Rep. Norine Hammond, R-Macomb, announces her re-election campaign to local media and supporters Nov. 4 at the Knox County Courthouse in Galesburg, Ill.

Mike DeSutter, left, of Woodhull, Ill., announces that he will seek the Republican nomination for state representative of the 74th District on Nov. 5 outside the Knox County Courthouse in Galesburg, Ill.

ROWVA High School sophomore Charlie Gibbons, right, leads a group of students in the chant "2n2 is what we do" during a pep rally Nov. 6 in the school's gymnasium. The school located in Oneida, Ill., has been named a finalist out of 50 schools nationwide for the "Celebrate My Drive" competition sponsored by State Farm, with one school receiving an Echosmith concert and 10 other schools each receiving $100,000 grants.

Knox College senior Sophia Spooner, center right, explains different types of microgreens Nov. 7 during a workshop at the 2015 Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference inside the Ford Center for the Fine Arts on the Knox College campus.

A participant gets a hands-on experience with grown microgreens Nov. 7 during a workshop at the 2015 Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference inside the Ford Center for the Fine Arts on the Knox College campus.

K.C. Hill, of Galesburg, Ill., looks through a copy of "Outside the Rails: A Rail Route Guide from Chicago to La Plata, Mo.," Nov. 7 at the Galesburg Public Library. The book, by authors Robert and Kandace Tabern of Wadsworth, Ill., explores in great detail the sights that passengers see out their train windows when passing through Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri aboard Amtrak's Southwest Chief train out of Chicago.

Stark County's Zade Musselman (63) is fired up following his team's IHSA Class 1A second round playoff game against Forreston Nov. 7 in Forreston, Ill. The Rebels beat the Cardinals 42-16 to advance to the quarterfinal.

Stark County's Keith Ehnle (65) and Caleb Davis (62) celebrate the Rebels' 42-16 win against Forreston following the IHSA Class 1A second round game Nov. 7 in Forreston, Ill.

A member of the Monmouth College Pipe Band warms up prior to the start of the 15th annual Veterans Parade Nov. 8 in downtown Galesburg, Ill.

Members of the Illinois Patriot Guard ride down East Main Street in motorcycles during the 15th annual Veterans Parade Nov. 8 in downtown Galesburg, Ill.

Galesburg Internship: Part 4

Another two weeks has passed and it's that time for another blog post. The first two pictures were part of a story that news sources all over the world picked up thanks to the AP, but I didn't submit my photos for them (I let my co-worker have the fame). Here's the latest.

Shawn Whirl, center, walks out of the Henry C. Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg, Ill., with his mother Erma to his left, his fiancée Gloria Castaneda to his right and attorney Tara Thompson, far right, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. In 1990, Whirl was tortured by a Chicago detective working under disgraced former Chicago police commander Jon Burge. He was tortured until he confessed for the robbery and murder of a Chicago cabdriver, and in 1991 he was sentenced to 60 years in prison. However, in August 2015 his murder conviction was overturned by a unanimous appellate court and Whirl was cleared of all charges on Oct. 13, 2015.

Shawn Whirl embraces his fiancée Gloria Castaneda after talking to the media following his release from the Henry C. Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg, Ill., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.

Galesburg High School student Eric Thompson repositions hanging paper flowers in his Housing and Interior Design class Oct. 14. Students in the class redesigned their teacher's room over a period of time.

Jim Nesci, of Homer Glen, Ill., shows off his near 9-foot alligator Bubba to students at Lombard Middle School in Galesburg, Ill., on Oct. 15. Nesci brought several cold blooded creatures for the students in a class to touch and get a close-up view of.

A crescent moon is seen over the Knox County Courthouse's clocktower in Galesburg, Ill., on Oct. 15.

Lake Forest College quarterback Sean Dickson just gets off a pass as Monmouth College linebacker Michael Smith goes for a tackle on Oct. 17 at April Zorn Stadium in Monmouth, Ill. The Fighting Scots beat the Foresters 38-7.

Luke Sanburg, 4, of Rolling Meadows, Ill., looks out the window while on a combine ride Sunday with his sister Julia, 5, and their father Paul during the 10th annual Twin Rivers: Harvest of Hope Foods Resource Bank Harvest Celebration on Oct. 18 at Nelson Farm near Galesburg, Ill.

Bruce Courtright, of Oneida, Ill., unloads harvested corn from his combine into a grain truck during the 10th annual Twin Rivers: Harvest of Hope Foods Resource Bank Harvest Celebration on Oct. 18 at Nelson Farm near Galesburg, Ill.

A speaker recalls on her domestic violence experience during the 22nd annual Take Back the Night Rally on Oct. 20 at the Lake Storey Pavilion in Galesburg, Ill.

A speaker is comforted after sharing her story during the 22nd annual Take Back the Night Rally on Oct. 20 at the Lake Storey Pavilion in Galesburg, Ill.

Gabby Nunes, 6, of Galesburg, Ill., tries to blow out her candle during the 22nd annual Take Back the Night Rally's candlelight vigil on Oct. 20 at the Lake Storey Pavilion in Galesburg, Ill.

Galesburg goalkeeper Jonathan Whittle, right, blocks a header from Dunlap's Clint Koehler during a Class 2A regional semifinal match on Oct. 21 at Charger Field in Orion, Ill. The Streaks lost to the Eagles 7-0.

Fall colors are vibrant in Monmouth Park on Oct. 22.

Jon Rekash, center right, of Abingdon, Ill., sits for a photo with his family on the porch of their house. On June 6, 2015, Jon, who had just became a full-time police officer with the Abingdon Police Department, went out one night to ride his motorcycle. Later that night, he woke up laying in a ditch and couldn't move. The accident has left him in a wheelchair but he says his faith in God and Jesus Christ has kept him alive, and the community of Abingdon has been supportive for him as he continues to recover.

Mercer County's Ben Nichols (12) makes a leaping catch over a United's Derek Hart (87) during a game Oct. 23 at George Pratt Memorial Field in Aledo, Ill. The Golden Eagles beat the Red Storm 27-0.

Spirit team members perform a fire trick during halftime of the Mercer County Golden Eagles-United Red Storm football game on Oct. 23 at George Pratt Memorial Field in Aledo, Ill.

Galesburg Internship: Part 3

Things are still going wonderful in the Galesburg area since the last blog post. Every day I wake up blessed to be living here and working in a small town with a big heart. Of course, there are nay sayers and believe that this town is going to "hell in a hand basket", but I don't think it's too bad.

Knoxville's Chloe Palmer (6) and Nicole Lehman (19) defend a shot from Brimfield-Elmwood's Alannah Chaney (5) during the game Sept. 28 at Knoxville High School in Knoxville, Ill. The Blue Bullets lost to the Indians in two sets, 25-15 and 25-22.

Knoxville's Chloe Palmer (6) and Nicole Lehman (19) defend a shot from Brimfield-Elmwood's Alannah Chaney (5) during the game Sept. 28 at Knoxville High School in Knoxville, Ill. The Blue Bullets lost to the Indians in two sets, 25-15 and 25-22.

Ryan Holder, of St. Louis, does an act with tigers during the Kelly Miller Circus's performance Oct. 2 at the Calvary Assembly of God's church grounds in Galesburg, Ill.

Ryan Holder, of St. Louis, does an act with tigers during the Kelly Miller Circus's performance Oct. 2 at the Calvary Assembly of God's church grounds in Galesburg, Ill.

Zaya and Mendee, of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, entertain the crowd during the Kelly Miller Circus's performance Oct. 2.

Zaya and Mendee, of Ulan Bator, Mongolia, entertain the crowd during the Kelly Miller Circus's performance Oct. 2.

Nicolas Souren, of Amsterdam, Holland, juggles during the Kelly Miller Circus's performance Oct. 2.

Nicolas Souren, of Amsterdam, Holland, juggles during the Kelly Miller Circus's performance Oct. 2.

Princeville High School's mascot greets Joe Duttlinger (66) on the bench during the Princes' game against the United Red Storm on Oct. 2 in Princeville, Ill. Duttlinger had left the game early with an injury, and the Red Storm beat the Princes 21-14.

Princeville High School's mascot greets Joe Duttlinger (66) on the bench during the Princes' game against the United Red Storm on Oct. 2 in Princeville, Ill. Duttlinger had left the game early with an injury, and the Red Storm beat the Princes 21-14.

A participant in the annual Life Chain sits along Broad Street in Galesburg, Ill., on Oct. 4.

A participant in the annual Life Chain sits along Broad Street in Galesburg, Ill., on Oct. 4.

Douglas Hooks, right, production manager at WestRock in Galesburg, points out areas of interest to U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, while on a tour of the plant Oct. 5. Bustos toured WestRock as part of her "Manufacturing Triangle Tour" and to call for a long-term highway plan.

Douglas Hooks, right, production manager at WestRock in Galesburg, points out areas of interest to U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, while on a tour of the plant Oct. 5. Bustos toured WestRock as part of her "Manufacturing Triangle Tour" and to call for a long-term highway plan.

A pink sky illuminates Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill., on Oct. 6.

A pink sky illuminates Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill., on Oct. 6.

The sun sets along Fremont Street in Galesburg, Ill., on Oct. 8.

The sun sets along Fremont Street in Galesburg, Ill., on Oct. 8.

Julie McCurdy, left, of Moline, Ill., has a laugh while her daughter Macy, 5, struggles to carry a giant pumpkin on Oct. 10 during the Giant Pumpkin Festival at Country Corner Farm in Alpha, Ill.

Julie McCurdy, left, of Moline, Ill., has a laugh while her daughter Macy, 5, struggles to carry a giant pumpkin on Oct. 10 during the Giant Pumpkin Festival at Country Corner Farm in Alpha, Ill.

A young boy has his picture taken while leaning on a giant squash on Oct. 10 during the Giant Pumpkin Festival at Country Corner Farm in Alpha, Ill.

A young boy has his picture taken while leaning on a giant squash on Oct. 10 during the Giant Pumpkin Festival at Country Corner Farm in Alpha, Ill.

Galesburg Internship: Moving right along

The last couple weeks since the previous post have been not as hectic but still productive as ever. I love the Galesburg area and the people I've met here. It's not even been a full month since I've moved here but I believe things are going to get even better as time goes on.

From left to right, Bob Clark, Greg Vickers Sr., and Roy Ewalt, all of Galesburg, Ill., pray at the conclusion of the first Bible study class on Sept. 14 at the Knox County YMCA in Galesburg, Ill.

From left to right, Bob Clark, Greg Vickers Sr., and Roy Ewalt, all of Galesburg, Ill., pray at the conclusion of the first Bible study class on Sept. 14 at the Knox County YMCA in Galesburg, Ill.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan steps off his bus after arriving in Williamsfield, Ill., on Sept. 15. Duncan visited the town's school as part of his sixth annual "Ready for Success" back-to-school tour.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan steps off his bus after arriving in Williamsfield, Ill., on Sept. 15. Duncan visited the town's school as part of his sixth annual "Ready for Success" back-to-school tour.

Duncan listens to a speaker during a roundtable discussion on open educational resources at on Sept. 15 at Williamsfield Schools.

Duncan listens to a speaker during a roundtable discussion on open educational resources at on Sept. 15 at Williamsfield Schools.

Williamsfield Fire Protection District member Tony Byrd, of Dahinda, Ill., uses a pike pole to clear out debris after the extinguishing of a garage fire at 215 N. Poplar St. in Williamsfield, Ill., on Sept. 16.

Williamsfield Fire Protection District member Tony Byrd, of Dahinda, Ill., uses a pike pole to clear out debris after the extinguishing of a garage fire at 215 N. Poplar St. in Williamsfield, Ill., on Sept. 16.

Aaron Rider, of Hugo, Okla., also known as "Melvino the Clown" in the Kelly Miller Circus, performs a juggling trick for children at Galesburg Christian School on Sept. 17. The performance addressed the importance of education and as a way to bring awareness that Calvary Assembly of God in Galesburg will be hosting the Kelly Miller Circus in October.

Aaron Rider, of Hugo, Okla., also known as "Melvino the Clown" in the Kelly Miller Circus, performs a juggling trick for children at Galesburg Christian School on Sept. 17. The performance addressed the importance of education and as a way to bring awareness that Calvary Assembly of God in Galesburg will be hosting the Kelly Miller Circus in October.

Paul Reuschel, of Macomb, Ill., tees off during a “Cubs vs. Cards” superball golf tournament on Sept. 17 at Bunker Links Golf Course in Galesburg, Ill. Reuschel was a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs from 1975 to 1978, and is the brother of Rick Reuschel, who is also known as "Big Daddy".

Paul Reuschel, of Macomb, Ill., tees off during a “Cubs vs. Cards” superball golf tournament on Sept. 17 at Bunker Links Golf Course in Galesburg, Ill. Reuschel was a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs from 1975 to 1978, and is the brother of Rick Reuschel, who is also known as "Big Daddy".

Participants walk the one-mile route during the 23rd annual Doggie Jog on Sept. 19 at the Prairieland Animal Welfare Center in Galesburg, Ill.

Participants walk the one-mile route during the 23rd annual Doggie Jog on Sept. 19 at the Prairieland Animal Welfare Center in Galesburg, Ill.

Max, a 7-year-old yorkie, frolics through the grass during the 23rd annual Doggie Jog on Sept. 19 at the Prairieland Animal Welfare Center in Galesburg, Ill.

Max, a 7-year-old yorkie, frolics through the grass during the 23rd annual Doggie Jog on Sept. 19 at the Prairieland Animal Welfare Center in Galesburg, Ill.

Biscuit, a 12-year-old labrador, takes a drink of water during the 23rd annual Doggie Jog on Sept. 19 at the Prairieland Animal Welfare Center in Galesburg, Ill.

Biscuit, a 12-year-old labrador, takes a drink of water during the 23rd annual Doggie Jog on Sept. 19 at the Prairieland Animal Welfare Center in Galesburg, Ill.

Lukas Villarreal, left, of Henderson, Ill., overtakes two other racers during the AMA District 17 Illinois State Motocross Championship on Sept. 20 at the Galesburg Motorcycle Club near Rio, Ill.

Lukas Villarreal, left, of Henderson, Ill., overtakes two other racers during the AMA District 17 Illinois State Motocross Championship on Sept. 20 at the Galesburg Motorcycle Club near Rio, Ill.

Craig Lee, of Ottawa, Ill., goes airborne during the AMA District 17 Illinois State Motocross Championship on Sept. 20 at the Galesburg Motorcycle Club near Rio, Ill.

Craig Lee, of Ottawa, Ill., goes airborne during the AMA District 17 Illinois State Motocross Championship on Sept. 20 at the Galesburg Motorcycle Club near Rio, Ill.

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, D-Champaign, speaks at a news conference on Sept. 21 in Alumni Hall at Knox College. Frerichs visited the campus to urge Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly to approve Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant funding.

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, D-Champaign, speaks at a news conference on Sept. 21 in Alumni Hall at Knox College. Frerichs visited the campus to urge Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly to approve Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant funding.

South Fulton's Alex Dorethy makes a leaping pass during the Rebels' game against Abingdon-Avon on Sept. 25 at Western Illinois University's Hanson Field in Macomb, Ill. The Rebels beat the Tornadoes 32-26.

South Fulton's Alex Dorethy makes a leaping pass during the Rebels' game against Abingdon-Avon on Sept. 25 at Western Illinois University's Hanson Field in Macomb, Ill. The Rebels beat the Tornadoes 32-26.

The South Fulton Rebels football team huddles after their 32-26 win against the Abingdon-Avon Tornadoes on Sept. 25 at Western Illinois University's Hanson Field in Macomb, Ill.

The South Fulton Rebels football team huddles after their 32-26 win against the Abingdon-Avon Tornadoes on Sept. 25 at Western Illinois University's Hanson Field in Macomb, Ill.

South Fulton's Trace Hood leaps into his father's arms after the Rebels defeated the Abingdon-Avon Tornadoes 32-26 on Sept. 25 at Western Illinois University's Hanson Field in Macomb, Ill.

South Fulton's Trace Hood leaps into his father's arms after the Rebels defeated the Abingdon-Avon Tornadoes 32-26 on Sept. 25 at Western Illinois University's Hanson Field in Macomb, Ill.

Dave Snyders, of Alton, Ill., makes popcorn on Sept. 26 during the 44th annual "Jordbruksdagarna" (Swedish for "earth work days") in Bishop Hill, Ill. Snyders runs Pioneer Karmel Korn, in an attempt to recreate how early pioneers made popcorn, by mixing oil and sugar in an iron kettle.

Dave Snyders, of Alton, Ill., makes popcorn on Sept. 26 during the 44th annual "Jordbruksdagarna" (Swedish for "earth work days") in Bishop Hill, Ill. Snyders runs Pioneer Karmel Korn, in an attempt to recreate how early pioneers made popcorn, by mixing oil and sugar in an iron kettle.

The Nordic Dancers, of Chicago, perform on Sept. 26 at the 44th annual Jordbruksdagarna in Bishop Hill, Ill.

The Nordic Dancers, of Chicago, perform on Sept. 26 at the 44th annual Jordbruksdagarna in Bishop Hill, Ill.

Galesburg Internship: Diving Right In

Greetings from Galesburg, Illinois! In case you've been living under a rock, I was selected to be The Register-Mail's photo intern for the fall/early winter, but I was guaranteed to be kept around until I find a bigger opportunity. It's been a busy internship so far, with lots of things going on in the area.

I was also given the opportunity to ride in a Stearman biplane during the Fly-In that happens here every year, but the photos from that ride will be in a separate blog whenever I get time to put it together.

Chris Spears, of Knoxville, Ill., shares a moment with his dog Rossi, a 9-year-old Czech shepherd, during a welcome home ceremony for the two on Sept. 4 at the Connie Nott Canine Area at Inbinder Park in Galesburg, Ill. Spears, who is currently a police officer in Abingdon, Ill., reunited with Rossi at the ceremony, who both served overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rossi is a former Navy K-9.

Chris Spears, of Knoxville, Ill., shares a moment with his dog Rossi, a 9-year-old Czech shepherd, during a welcome home ceremony for the two on Sept. 4 at the Connie Nott Canine Area at Inbinder Park in Galesburg, Ill. Spears, who is currently a police officer in Abingdon, Ill., reunited with Rossi at the ceremony, who both served overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rossi is a former Navy K-9.

Galesburg's Anastasia Beetler, left, and Kaitlyn Pendergast compete in the varsity girls race on Sept. 5 during the Silver Streaks Invite at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill. Pendergast took fifth place in the race and the girls team finished in sixth overall.

Galesburg's Anastasia Beetler, left, and Kaitlyn Pendergast compete in the varsity girls race on Sept. 5 during the Silver Streaks Invite at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill. Pendergast took fifth place in the race and the girls team finished in sixth overall.

Local Boy Scouts of America members carry a large U.S. flag down East Main Street in Galesburg, Ill., during the 123rd annual Labor Day Parade on Sept. 7. Galesburg's parade is the second oldest in the nation.

Local Boy Scouts of America members carry a large U.S. flag down East Main Street in Galesburg, Ill., during the 123rd annual Labor Day Parade on Sept. 7. Galesburg's parade is the second oldest in the nation.

The ROWVA High School Marching Band performs in the 123rd annual Labor Day Parade in Galesburg, Ill., on Sept. 7.

The ROWVA High School Marching Band performs in the 123rd annual Labor Day Parade in Galesburg, Ill., on Sept. 7.

Tom Lowe, of Crystal Lake, Ill., works on the top of a Stearman biplane during Day 2 of the 44th annual National Stearman Fly-In on Sept. 8 at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Tom Lowe, of Crystal Lake, Ill., works on the top of a Stearman biplane during Day 2 of the 44th annual National Stearman Fly-In on Sept. 8 at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

A trio of Stearman biplanes roll over the flight line during Day 2 of the 44th annual National Stearman Fly-In on Sept. 8 at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

A trio of Stearman biplanes roll over the flight line during Day 2 of the 44th annual National Stearman Fly-In on Sept. 8 at Galesburg Municipal Airport.

Bailey Ripka, 9, carries a basket filled with monarch butterflies near Gale Elementary School in Galesburg, Ill., on Sept. 8. Students at the school released more than 70 monarch butterflies which are migrating to Mexico for the winter.

Bailey Ripka, 9, carries a basket filled with monarch butterflies near Gale Elementary School in Galesburg, Ill., on Sept. 8. Students at the school released more than 70 monarch butterflies which are migrating to Mexico for the winter.

Josie Parish, 9, left, and Bailey Ripka, 9, interact with a monarch butterfly near Gale Elementary School in Galesburg, Ill., on Sept. 8.

Josie Parish, 9, left, and Bailey Ripka, 9, interact with a monarch butterfly near Gale Elementary School in Galesburg, Ill., on Sept. 8.

A Knox College student dressed as a Yip Yip from Sesame Street waits to greet passing students during Pumphandle at Old Main on the campus of Knox College on Sept. 9. Pumphandle is an annual event on the campus, where faculty and students greet each other the day before the fall term begins.

A Knox College student dressed as a Yip Yip from Sesame Street waits to greet passing students during Pumphandle at Old Main on the campus of Knox College on Sept. 9. Pumphandle is an annual event on the campus, where faculty and students greet each other the day before the fall term begins.

Chuck Schulz, a professor of physics at Knox College, high fives students during Pumphandle at Old Main on the campus of Knox College on Sept. 9.

Chuck Schulz, a professor of physics at Knox College, high fives students during Pumphandle at Old Main on the campus of Knox College on Sept. 9.

A Stearman biplane sits in the flight line during Day 4 of the 44th annual National Stearman Fly-In on Sept. 10 at Galesburg Municipal Airport. The biplane, owned by Wallace Lail of Duluth, Ga., has a Snoopy (of Peanuts) decal on the front, which was hand-painted by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

A Stearman biplane sits in the flight line during Day 4 of the 44th annual National Stearman Fly-In on Sept. 10 at Galesburg Municipal Airport. The biplane, owned by Wallace Lail of Duluth, Ga., has a Snoopy (of Peanuts) decal on the front, which was hand-painted by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

Galesburg VFW Post 2257 Quartermaster Dan Jacobs plays "Taps" during the post's annual remembrance of the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11. The ceremony included a reading of names of local men that died in the War on Terror, a 21 gun salute and the display of a U.S. flag that flew over Afghanistan.

Galesburg VFW Post 2257 Quartermaster Dan Jacobs plays "Taps" during the post's annual remembrance of the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11. The ceremony included a reading of names of local men that died in the War on Terror, a 21 gun salute and the display of a U.S. flag that flew over Afghanistan.

Abingdon-Avon quarterback Bo Glaser looks for an open teammate during the Tornadoes' game against North Fulton on Sept. 11 in Abingdon, Ill. The Tornadoes won 38-20.

Abingdon-Avon quarterback Bo Glaser looks for an open teammate during the Tornadoes' game against North Fulton on Sept. 11 in Abingdon, Ill. The Tornadoes won 38-20.

North Fulton running back Cylas Krieger runs the ball during the Wildcats' 38-20 loss against Abingdon-Avon on Sept. 11 in Abingdon, Ill.

North Fulton running back Cylas Krieger runs the ball during the Wildcats' 38-20 loss against Abingdon-Avon on Sept. 11 in Abingdon, Ill.

Jerry Rhoads, of Saint Joseph, Ill., makes a new spinning top during the Galesburg Civic Art Center's 29th annual Art in the Park on Sept. 12 at Standish Park in Galesburg, Ill.

Jerry Rhoads, of Saint Joseph, Ill., makes a new spinning top during the Galesburg Civic Art Center's 29th annual Art in the Park on Sept. 12 at Standish Park in Galesburg, Ill.

Carleton College's Chris Madden (1) runs with the ball as Knox College's Sam Coffey (5) closes in during the Prairie Fire's home opener against the Knights on Sept. 12 at Knox College's Stisser Field. The Prairie Fire defeated the Knights 23-20.

Carleton College's Chris Madden (1) runs with the ball as Knox College's Sam Coffey (5) closes in during the Prairie Fire's home opener against the Knights on Sept. 12 at Knox College's Stisser Field. The Prairie Fire defeated the Knights 23-20.

The Knox College Prairie Fire football team celebrates its 23-20 victory against the Carleton College Knights on Sept. 12 at Knox College's Stisser Field.

The Knox College Prairie Fire football team celebrates its 23-20 victory against the Carleton College Knights on Sept. 12 at Knox College's Stisser Field.

Cierra Hambsch, of Galesburg, Ill., nears the finish line with her team Galesburg FFA, or "Flooded Farm Animals", during the 22nd annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta on Sept. 13 at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill.

Cierra Hambsch, of Galesburg, Ill., nears the finish line with her team Galesburg FFA, or "Flooded Farm Animals", during the 22nd annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta on Sept. 13 at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill.

Kevin Terpstra, of Galesburg, Ill., celebrates after finishing a race with his "GE Transportation" boat during the 22nd annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta on Sept. 13 at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill.

Kevin Terpstra, of Galesburg, Ill., celebrates after finishing a race with his "GE Transportation" boat during the 22nd annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta on Sept. 13 at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill.

Rubber ducks sit in the pool before the 20th annual Galesburg Public Schools Foundation Duck Race on Sept. 13 at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill.

Rubber ducks sit in the pool before the 20th annual Galesburg Public Schools Foundation Duck Race on Sept. 13 at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill.

Chad Thompson, a fifth grade teacher at Gale Elementary School in Galesburg, Ill., gathers ducks during the 20th annual Galesburg Public Schools Foundation Duck Race on Sunday afternoon at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill.

Chad Thompson, a fifth grade teacher at Gale Elementary School in Galesburg, Ill., gathers ducks during the 20th annual Galesburg Public Schools Foundation Duck Race on Sunday afternoon at Lake Storey in Galesburg, Ill.