A plush blue gorilla, a stuffed frog named Francis and a box containing Froggy’s remains now mark the former home of Froggy, Marcellus’ festive frog, on North Street.
After Froggy was destroyed, MacDonald’s neighbor gave him a blue stuffed gorilla to try to replace him, but MacDonald didn’t feel the same connection with it as he did with Froggy. Once the word of the act of vandalism got out, someone came and put a new frog where Froggy used to sit along with an umbrella, a bouquet of flowers and a typed note that said, “I am Francis the Frog Prince of Marcellus. I am here to replace my brother who was so brutally murdered. Please dress me up like you did him, so that all the world going by can enjoy him as much as we did before.”
The investigation of who tore up Froggy is ongoing, but MacDonald is hoping someone will soon confess. Right now, he has two signs out. One asks, “Do you know who killed Froggy?” and has a spot for a name and phone number, and the other says, “Please take time to say goodbye to Froggy, we are going to cremate him.”
Froggy has been placed in a green box with a heart on it that says Froggy. Funeral arrangements have been made for Froggy, and he will be cremated when MacDonald attends a family get together.
But Froggy’s legacy will live on through Francis, who will be dressed up for Halloween next week and take on the role of celebrating all the seasons and holidays. And those who pass him by will remember the frog who claimed the stump before him.
Nikki Treleaven has been a freelance reporter for the Eagle Observer. We wish her well as she begins work as a full-time reporter for the Register Citizen in Torrington, Conn., Oct. 22.