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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
July 24 2014
Kellar Family Connection to ISU Continues
The Kellar Family of Colfax has a great, long relationship with Illinois State University athletics. The newest addition to the ISU baseball team staff is Michael Kellar who will serve as pitching coach for the upcoming season.
Sister Lauren Kellar completed four years of outstanding play as a member of the ISU girls softball team. Their father, Rodney Kellar, played football for the Redbirds during his undergraduate studies and their grandfather, Leon Kellar, did likewise. Both became high school coaches at their alma mater, first Octavia and now Ridgeview High School, based in Colfax.
In addition to baseball Michael was a star basketball player as well at Ridgeview. He graduated from Niagra College in the state of New York and posted a 6-1 record and had a 3.56 ERA his senior year. After getting his degree he signed with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League in 2010, but a shoulder injury ended his career.
He went to complete a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Illinois in 2012 and for the past three years he has been on the staff at Siena College, the last two as their pitching coach.
New ISU Coach Bo Durkac is impressed. “It is obvious that Michael has the knowledge, the experience, and the personality to be a top-flight pitching coach in the Missouri Valley Conference. I know our pitchers will be excited to work with Michael each day.”
I say, let the Kellars keep on rolling along.


July 17 2014
Baby reunited with Hudson emergency personnel  
Little Breeleigh Ann Bradbury, 3 months, was reunited with Hudson emergency personnel who helped deliver her this spring on Interstate 39. The joyous occasion was held Tuesday evening at the Hudson Fire Station with Breeleigh’s Mom and Dad, Kyle and Amanda Bradbury, of Minonk, thanking everyone for the miracle birth at Exit No. 2 on the north edge of Normal.
State Rep. Dan Brady presented State Proclamations to the two EMTs involved, Christopher Wasowicz and Matt Zielsdorf, for their actions and Greg Scott from the McLean County EMS also presented them with a plaque for their heroism. Also at the scene were Hudson Fire Chief Dan Hite and Lt. Aaron Kinder. Hudson Patrolman Josh Saathoff was first to arrive but thought it would be wise to let the EMTs take over.
Mr. Wasowicz said they went into panic mode when they realized the baby was already partially out. “Your heart races about 200 beats a minute,” he laughed. She didn’t cry right away and the first 3-4 seconds seemed like an eternity but after a little rub on the back she let everyone know she had arrived.
Breeleigh’s mother, an EMT herself, wanted to keep on driving to the hospital but Kyle didn’t think they were going to make it and called 911.
It was funny, she said, her first child, Landon, now 5, was a week late and she had to have induced labor, so they thought Breeleigh would be the same way but she was a week early!
All are doing well and the newborn is now a healthy 12 lbs.
As a remembrance for the occasion, the Bradbury family was presented with a quilt, made by Nancy Scott of Bloomington.

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