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Snowman memories won't melt
Three-year-old snowman killer Adi Conway sits atop another victim on Jan. 3 - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

It was sad to see life drip from their formerly vibrant bodies. Slowly shriveling in the sun, they left piles of carrots, buttons, trucker caps, beer cans, Georgia Bulldog T-shirts, hunting vests and even a bikini or two behind.
The hundreds of snowmen that popped up in Effingham County in the wake of a Jan. 3 snowstorm brought joy to young and old alike. Between impromptu snowball fights, their imaginative creators bonded while building memories that will no doubt warm their hearts years from now.
This 55-year-old grandfather didn’t get left out of the fun. My snowmen, however, all met premature deaths.
Long before temperatures topped the freezing mark, my three-year-old granddaughter Adi Conway stomped each of my snowmen into the ground, giggling with delight every time.
Although I have no decent photographs of my icy murder victims, dozens of Effingham Herald readers posted great pictures of their snowmen on our Facebook page.
It is our intention to publish them all but it is going to take a few issues to accomplish the mission. Please be patient if you don’t see your frozen masterpiece in the Jan. 10 newspaper.
We hope you enjoy the photos of the snowmen and snowwomen on pages 3A and 4A of the Jan. 10 issue as much as the people who built them. I hope we don’t have to wait another dozen years or so before we get the chance to build more.