Ready to help: Peg Moser
Every Thursday morning, no matter what the weather, Peg Moser arrives at the Scotia Library to volunteer, as she has for the past 15 years or so.
Budget cuts have forced the historic little white library to open later on Thursdays than it did in the past, but the 87-year-old Glenville resident still shows up like clockwork, ready to do whatever's needed.
She's there long before patrons are allowed through the door.
"I can find work to do before the library opens," she said, listing some of the tasks she regularly performs: repairing books, replacing broken DVD cases, emptying the drop box and putting books on the shelves.
"She gets here in the worst possible weather," said library clerk Phil Maddaus, who described Moser as a "bright, lively, friendly, helpful, just sort of jolly all-around person" who is very resourceful and willing to pitch in wherever she can.
Moser was never a librarian by trade, but did substitute in the Scotia-Glenville High School library every now and again back when she was working for pay.
Her husband, Albert, was a guidance counselor at the high school and in the summertime, she'd help him in his office. Eventually that evolved into a paid substitute secretary position in the high school office and an occasional stint in the high school library.
She said she loves to read, and her current volunteer job gives her access to a world of books.
"I do get time to sit down and read a book now and then," she said.
Planting and baking
But Moser doesn't seem like the type of person who sits down all that often.
When not volunteering at the Scotia Library, she is often working with the Lions Club, alongside her husband. Last fall, she helped the group plant over 200 trees in a field in Indian Meadows Park in Glenville.
"When we arrived it was still a big, green field, and within an hour it looked like a herd of gophers when through. There were holes all over the place and then we went through and planted trees. It was a good feeling," she recalled.
This spring, she returned to the park with other club members and helped to replace any trees that didn't survive the winter.
Moser is also known for her work in the kitchen. She used to be in charge of a group of pie-bakers at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Scotia, which baked the desserts to make money for the church.
Carl Company asked the group to make pies for its Old-Timers' Sale, and the group did that for quite a while, she recalled. The pies were so popular, people started calling the bakers to see when they would be making more, so they started to take orders.
"I always have a bag of pie crust in the freezer just in case I'm hungry for a pie," said Moser , who still enjoys baking for family and friends.
When her hands aren't busy baking or planting trees or tending to books, Moser enjoys knitting. She said she has made an afghan for every member of her family, which includes three sons, two grandsons, four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
"It's a nice winter hobby. The afghans get longer and longer and cover my legs and I'm nice and warm while I'm doing it," she said with a laugh.