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From left are Jerry Waterson, Ryan Ikeler, Brian Banks, TJ Thompson and other Reverse Church members, with their creation. Photo provided (click for larger version)
March 06, 2013 - When an oversized snowman with a traffic cone for a hat appeared in the median of Sashabaw Road at Bow Pointe Drive, Feb. 27, it was a bit of a mystery.

A Facebook inquiry on The Clarkston News' page left folks stumped for a while.

"I don't know, but I love it," posted Mary Zubalik of Clarkston.

"Am I going to get in trouble if I admit it," wondered Clarkston resident John Mathers.

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It took a while, but amongst the 37,040 views, 944 "likes," 157 comments, and 317 shares was the truth. Members of a new church group, Reverse Church, were out late and constructed the snowman in the early morning hours before sunrise, Wednesday.

"My husband and his friends did it last night about 2 o'clock in the morning," said Kate Waterson, whose husband Jerry Waterson is a member of Reverse Church. "They came home and got me and my sister so that we could go see it."

The snowman is one of many random activities the church is doing to get attention, said Ryan Ikeler, also a member of the church.

"We were just out sledding when we noticed you could make really big snowballs," Ikeler said. "Jerry Waterson said, 'hey, let's build the biggest snowman we can in the middle of Sashabaw Road.' We thought that sounded awesome."

It got lots of attention, according to folks posting on Facebook.

"Loved seeing it this morning – put a big smile on my face," posted Kim McAlister.

"That is awesome,someone worked really hard on that," said Dorene Melvin.

"Best use for a road cone that I've seen in quite awhile," noted Cheryl Crandell.

"They need to do this every year so the city can keep an eye out for when the Clarkston snowman will show up! Kids would love looking forward to this – me too," suggested Heather Grove.

The snowman looks to be of traditional three-ball construction, but it's actually four.

"We stacked them up and molded them to look like that," Ikeler said.

They made the biggest ball using snow from along Bow Pointe Drive.

"The lower section was so big we used a Hummer to drag it across the road to get it there," he said. "We had a lot of fun!"

About 40 Clarkston, Lake Orion, and other north Oakland County residents founded the church last September to serve God and restore the community.

"We're moving to downtown Pontiac to make a difference there," he said.

Reverse will be meeting at the Lafayette Grande in downtown Pontiac starting Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m.

For more information, check www.churchreversed.com or call 248-462-2563.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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