While spring-like weather has finally moved into Long Island, there's one friendly reminder of the harsh winter that 1,100 people on Facebook want to see last.
Mike Fregoe of Massapequa Park and his family built a snowman back on January 25, and while the cold temperatures and subsequent storms kept him going, the warmer weather prompted him to set up a Facebook page to save the snowman.
"I was sitting in bed one night and said, you know what would be really fun to set up a silly Facebook page and have people guess how it could last,” Fregoe said.
"I developed a Facebook page to see how many likes I could get. We kind of chronicle to see how small he was or how he grew each day or shrank. … Everybody can go to the Facebook have fun with it and laugh and share it with their friends.”
The page now has more than 1,100 likes and a call for “snownations” has gotten a terrific response.
"Last few days, I was thinking this would be it, but we got a 'snownation,' which is someone dropping off snow, and surprisingly got someone coming from the Hamptons, and yesterday someone heard me on the radio and dropped off another pile to help him out,” he said.
Although the winter made most Long Islanders grumble, Fregoe says the snowman at least gives people a chance to smile about the winter snow bounty.
"I can tell you one thing about this winter, everybody knows it’s been a real harsh one and people have really found that snow makes them bitter,” he said. "What the snowman has done has given us a way of giving some happiness back. So here’s the snow making people bitter, now it’s making people happy."
With rain and high temperatures predicted to be in the 50s the next few days, Fregoe hopes the snowman can make it through the weekend to when baseball starts its regular season on Monday.
"It’s going to take a lot more to get him going, but short-term goal is Opening Day,” he said with a laugh.