David McDonough visits Frosty the Snowman

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My son David McDonough was walking on the lake today and his old buddy and pal Frosty the Snowman posed for a picture. It was very foggy up north and I was able to take some spectacular pictures. I enjoy time with my children. In a few short months, Frosty with be near to help keep “Deep Water” floating. I really enjoy Wisconsin in the winter. Could someone please tell me when Moy’s Chinese Restaurant will be finished? I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. 2008 should be a splendid year. Photo by Patrick McDonough.

4 Replies to “David McDonough visits Frosty the Snowman”

  1. I had a great 2007 because….
    1. I believed in God
    2. I believed in my family.
    3. I forgave.
    4. I was forgiven.
    5. I laughed.
    6. I enjoyed.
    7. I admired others.
    8. I was happy for others.
    9. I watched others strive.
    10. I struggled, but plodded on.
    11. I achieved.
    12. I worked.
    13. I helped.
    14. I loved.
    15. I am still here…
    Patrick McDonough Chicago Clout

  2. Fire hits Moy’s Restaurant in downtown Elkhorn

    (Published Monday, January 8, 2007 09:49:52 AM CST;
    updated Monday, January 08, 2007 11:46:48 AM CST)

    By Mike Heine
    Gazette staff

    ELKHORN-Moy’s Restaurant employees were near tears as they watched firefighters this morning battle a smoky blaze in the historic downtown building.

    “It’s so sad. I’ve been here 26 years. I just want to cry,” said waitress Jan Evans, who watched the fire with co-worker Mary Conrad.

    “I’m devastated,” was all Conrad could say.

    Smoke caused damage throughout the four-story building on the corner of Walworth and Wisconsin streets. Moy’s, located on the first floor of the building, is a popular Chinese eatery and lounge.

    Firefighters keep an eye on Moy’s Restaurant in downtown Elkhorn this morning after a fire. Firefighters broke many of the buildings’ windows so smoke could escape.
    Mike Heine/Gazette staff

    Elkhorn Fire Chief Rod Smith said the fire is under investigation, but he said there’s no reason to believe the cause is suspicious. He said the fire started in the kitchen area.

    The blaze was reported at 5:17 a.m. and was under control by 6:30 a.m.

    About 75 firefighters from 17 fire departments contained the fire to the kitchen area, but smoke damaged most of the building, and water damaged the first floor and basement, Smith said.

    The dining room sustained extensive damage from water and smoke, he said.

    Smith considers the rear, two-story portion of the building-including the kitchen-to be a total loss. Before the restaurant could re-open, he said, it would need updates throughout to meet today’s stricter fire codes.

    No damage estimate was available this morning.

    “I feel real, real bad,” said owner Paul Moy, who owned the business since 1979. The restaurant and bar employed 26 people, who depend on the job for a steady income, Moy said.

    Paul Moy got a phone call from one of his cooks, who lives in an upstairs apartment in a building next door to the restaurant.

    “He said, ‘There is flames next door. There is smoke coming out of the restaurant.’ I thought they were drunk,” Moy said. “I said, ‘You guys must be drunk. Don’t play jokes.'”

    But it wasn’t a joke.

    Moy said only he and his manager have a key to the restaurant, which is on the first floor of a historic brick hotel.

    “I’m the first one to go into the restaurant and the last one to get out of the restaurant,” Moy said of his daily ritual. “Every night I check the whole place-all the doors, all the stoves, they have to be shut off before I lock the door and go home.”

    Moy said he has insurance and intends to reopen as soon as he can. A damage estimate was not available.

    No injuries were reported. The upstairs rooms were vacant, Moy said.

    Elkhorn resident Thomas Pidcock said he arrived on the scene about 5:30 a.m. and didn’t see any flames, only a lot of smoke.

    Firefighters smashed most of the first- and second-story windows to ventilate smoke from the building. The structure of the building appeared intact.

    Pidcock was relieved the fire didn’t spread down the block, where buildings are built tight together. An accountant’s office is east of Moy’s. A vacant office is on the north side of the restaurant. Both Wisconsin and Walworth streets are packed with businesses.

    Steve Dolphin works at QPS Companies, a staffing firm east of Moy’s. He said the business is a landmark for the city and the county.

    “Moy’s is a point-of-reference for Elkhorn,” Dolphin said. “They always seemed to do good business. We often took our customers there, and we sometimes had internal luncheons as well.

    “I’d like to see them rebuild. Businesses with that kind of notoriety are a draw for downtown and they help the downtown.”

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