Long Island man tries but fails to keep snowman going on warm spring day

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Monday, April 20, 2015

MASSAPEQUA PARK (WABC) -- A father on Long Island just can't seem to let go of winter.

Mike Fregoe, of Massapequa Park, valiantly tried to keep his 5-foot tall snowman going as long as possible.

It originally stood over nine feet tall in late January.

He's even set up a Facebook page called Save the Snowman, which drew more than 3,000 likes.

Mike's job got that much tougher Saturday, with temperatures climbing into the mid-70s. So he called for "snownations" and received fresh powder brought in from Vermont to keep the snowman from melting.

He rejects artificial snow.

"It started out as a small project for fun, and it's morphed into the ongoing snow saga," he said. "And it's a great thing that makes everybody smile and happy, and we're having fun with it still."

He usee an umbrella to shield the snowman from the sun, but despite his efforts, he confirmed Monday that the snowman was no more.

The mayor of Massapequa Park says he plans to honor the homeowners on May 18.