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Chamber awards local man who helps others as a way of life

Baker said Haggerty cuts wood and delivers it to those he knows need wood to keep warm in winter. Baker said she knew he routinely took care of a woman's landscaping, and he shovels people out in winter, all without seeking compensation.

"Peter does a lot of odd jobs for people," she said. "He's there for anyone that needs him."

At age 55, Haggerty retired in 1996 from a 30-year tenure as an Earth Science teacher at Hudson Falls High School.

Lynn Haggerty said her father and mother shun materialism, showing little interest in travel and possessions. Instead, their money goes to charity, she said.

Local resident Jean Hadden said that Haggerty showed up to help out after a fire tore through her home in 2003. Haggerty worked for weeks, helping her salvage her household goods and collected historical materials.

"Peter always has a ready, helping hand for those who need it, looking for no fanfare and expecting nothing in return," she said, noting his humility. "He has cleared dead trees on my property, dug holes to plant new trees, sanded my dooryard in winter to prevent me from falling, and delivered meals to me on holidays."

Peter's community service doesn't stop with these personalized efforts.

He helps maintain the United Methodist Church and has helped out painting for North Country Ministry's outreach center. He also volunteers at the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History and delivers Meals on Wheels, Hadden said.

"He's always ready to help, and in most cases, people don't need to ask for assistance," she said.

Looking back at former Citizens of the Year

On and off since 1979, the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce has chosen local people for the Citizen of the Year Award, recognizing their engagement in community affairs, their prominence in community development, or service to others.

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