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Ski Bowl Lodge renamed after World War II vet

Pictured above are Joe Minder’s wife, Hazel, and their sons, Jack and Bob, holding Joe’s plaque.

Pictured above are Joe Minder’s wife, Hazel, and their sons, Jack and Bob, holding Joe’s plaque. David R. Braley

— “Over the years, Joe taught many youths not just skiing but the sheer pleasure of a snowy hill and a brisk walk surrounded by hardwood trees,” said Terry Waterston, Commander of the American Legion Post 629 and host of the ceremony.

Waterston also spoke about his dedication to the community.

“If you needed help getting anything done, Joe’s hand would always go up,” Waterston said. “If you needed help paring potatoes for White Water Weekend, he’d be right there in the kitchen.”

Johnsburg resident Bob Nessle offered kind words about Minder.

“Joe’s life really interacts with skiing in this area and that’s what this building is all about,” Nessle said. “I’m really pleased and happy as a clam to have worked with Terry, Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow, and the American Legion people to bring this memorial to Joe to fruition.”

Minder’s son, Bob Minder, expressed his gratitude to the community on behalf of his family. He also shared some of his personal recollections of his father.

“I remember coming down the big mountain on the old ridge trail 90 percent of the way on my butt while also hearing my dad’s gentle encouragement all the way,” Bob Minder said. “I also remember my dad flipping chickens here at many 4th of July celebrations. It was one of his very favorite holidays. He had a sincere appreciation for what the day truly stood for and I guarantee you he would have been so honored and proud to be recognized in conjunction with this day.”

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