Leonard MacDonald of Marcellus was cleaning out his attic when he found a big green stuffed frog his daughter received as a gift many years ago. When deciding what to do with it, he thought it would be fun to put the frog on the old tree stump at the end of his driveway on North Street.
MacDonald had to cut down the old tree that once stood there, and thought putting the frog, named “Froggy,” on the stump and decorating it would be something fun and different.
“It catches so many people’s interests,” he said. “I think people enjoy something funny and comical. It’s amazing how many people have commented on it.”
MacDonald would also decorate Froggy for all the seasons and holidays, including Halloween, Easter, Christmas, graduation, Flag Day and Memorial Day. For Easter, he dressed Froggy up like the Easter Bunny and placed another Easter Bunny next to him. On Memorial Day he placed several flags around Froggy to represent all the men and women who have fought for our country. Froggy quickly became known around town and people often wondered what he would be dressed up as next.
But this past summer, all the decorating and fun came to an end, on that fateful day when some kids tore the festive frog to pieces.
“It took me two hours to clean all Froggy’s stuffing up,” MacDonald said. “It’s unfortunate that they had to ruin everybody’s fun because of their selfishness. One guy stopped by and got tears in his eyes when he saw Froggy had been murdered.”
This wasn’t the first time Froggy had been messed with. MacDonald said some kids from down the street stole him last spring, but when he put out a sign asking who took Froggy, the stuffed animal was returned an hour later.