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NCPR News Staff: Natasha Haverty

Reporter and Producer

Natasha Haverty has an English degree from Brown University and got her radio training at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine.

From Maine she went to work at The Moth, a nonprofit in New York City devoted to the art of live storytelling, where she was the coordinator of the community outreach program that teaches workshops to schools and community centers and brings storytellers to the Moth stage (and the radio). She also helped produce the first two seasons of Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour (now playing on NPR stations across the country).

Tasha returned to her home state after receiving the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities’ “Liberty and Justice for All” grant to create an oral history of the Norfolk Prison Debating Society, which had an outstanding record against top college teams in the Forties and Fifties. She recently premiered her original 'improvised audio drama' The Yankee City Series at a live listening event at Harvard University. Tasha arrived in the North Country on April Fool's Day, 2012. E-mail

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Third generation co-owner Peter Depthereos in front of The Crystal. Photo courtesy of TAUNY
Third generation co-owner Peter Depthereos in front of The Crystal. Photo courtesy of TAUNY

Watertown's oldest restaurant faces eviction deadline

Last week, the North Country learned that one of its iconic places to eat has been served an eviction notice. The Crystal, Watertown's oldest restaurant, opened its doors more than 90 years ago, and since the '40s, it's been run by the Dephtereos family.  Go to full article
Lampson Falls. Photo: Melanie Lukesh
Lampson Falls. Photo: Melanie Lukesh

SUNY Canton student drowns in Grasse River

A 21-year old SUNY Canton student drowned Sunday evening at a popular swimming hole in southern St. Lawrence County. Elliot D. Mullings of Brooklyn, NY was at Lampson Falls, in the Town of Clare, with two fellow students when the current swept him downstream. According to County Sheriff Kevin Wells, despite attempts by Mullings's friends and lookers on, his body failed to resurface.  Go to full article
Lieutenant Colonel Abrahm DiMarco, at the edge of the rappelling tower, taken from a camera strapped to my helmet. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Lieutenant Colonel Abrahm DiMarco, at the edge of the rappelling tower, taken from a camera strapped to my helmet. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How to jump off a 40-foot tower like an ROTC cadet

Last Friday, eight Clarkson University students became Second Lieutenants of the United States Army. Students from four local colleges make up the Golden Knight Battalion, the North Country's ROTC unit, spending four years going to school and training.

But the Reserve Officer Training Corps is a small, and sometimes invisible minority here. So before the cadets said goodbye to the North Country, they invited the community on to their physical training course, to spend a few hours in their world. Natasha Haverty stopped by for a lesson in rappelling.  Go to full article
From a Walk Against Rape. Photo: Steve Rhodes
From a Walk Against Rape. Photo: Steve Rhodes

National sex assault conversation echoes on North Country campuses

Last week, the White House's Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault announced that colleges aren't doing nearly enough.

Its report rolls out a comprehensive list of steps to help colleges and universities do better: from how they assess the problem, to how to prevent it, to improving how a school responds when a student is assaulted, and getting all those resources out in the open.

The task force's report is turning up a national conversation, one that's happening on campuses right here on the North Country.  Go to full article
Photo: Julia Metzger-Traber
Photo: Julia Metzger-Traber

St. Lawrence Co. comes out for its "first" Gay Pride Parade

This Saturday was a cloudy one across the north country, but the village of Potsdam was covered in rainbows for what organizers called St. Lawrence County's first ever Gay Pride Parade.  Go to full article
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Ten distracted driving questions, answered!

Today we've already ridden shutgun in one of the unmarked vehicles the state police use to crack down on distracted driving. Now that we've gotten a look into that world, let's tackle some questions about distracted driving.  Go to full article
Trooper Jackson writes out a ticket for talking on the phone while driving along Rt. 11 between Canton and Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Trooper Jackson writes out a ticket for talking on the phone while driving along Rt. 11 between Canton and Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How to catch a distracted driver

In 2001, New York passed its first law banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving. Thirteen years later, penalties keep getting tougher; points keep getting higher. Just last year the state added 300 new signs along roadways across the state with the message "it can wait."

But we aren't waiting. People keep texting and making calls on the road, and it's such a problem that two years ago Gov. Andrew Cuomo overturned an almost 20-year ban on unmarked police cars, introducing a fleet of Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (or CITE) vehicles just to crack down on distracted drivers.  Go to full article
The Black River in full spate, almost four feet above flood stage, noon Thursday April 17.  Photo: Brian Caird
The Black River in full spate, almost four feet above flood stage, noon Thursday April 17. Photo: Brian Caird

Updated: Black River receding, but officials urge caution

UPDATE - 2 P.M. High water in the Black River continues to fall. According to the the National Weather service, the water level at Watertown reads 11.5 feet at this hour. The Schroon River also continues to fall, but remains in the moderate to major flood zone, at just over 9 feet at Rivebank.

UPDATE - 8 A.M. The Black River is falling this morning. According to the National Weather Service, it's now just over 12 feet at Watertown, still two feet above flood stage, but down a foot and a half since it crested early yesterday morning.

It had been expected to crest at 14.2 feet, but after reaching 13.8 feet the river fell through the day. Those levels are still the second highest the Black River has been in recorded history. Flood warnings remain in effect for Jefferson and Lewis counties, and counties along Lake Champlain.


APR 18, 2104 - People along the Black River in the Watertown area were watching the river closely today, after forecasters predicted the Black would come close to setting a new record for high water as it crested. But as of this afternoon, the water levels are going down, according to the National Weather Service and emergency crews on the ground.  Go to full article
Photo courtesy of Rob Astorino's office
Photo courtesy of Rob Astorino's office

Astorino brings gubernatorial challenge to the North Country

Last month, Rob Astorino announced his campaign to unseat Andrew Cuomo in the coming race for governor. The Republican candidate faces obvious challenges: lack of name recognition, Cuomo's high approval ratings and the governor's huge campaign fund. But Astorino brings his own kind of impressive track record. He recently won a second term as Westchester County executive by a wide margin, in a county that has more Democrats than Republicans.

Astorino has seven months to get his name out there and get voters on his side, which means a lot of handshaking and a lot of conversations Yesterday he came to Franklin County, kicking the morning off in North Bangor.  Go to full article
Nelson Mandela and Denis Goldberg. Photo courtesy of Denis Goldberg
Nelson Mandela and Denis Goldberg. Photo courtesy of Denis Goldberg

A belief in justice: Denis Goldberg, Mandela's trialmate

Today is the first day of Passover, a Jewish holiday celebrating liberation. One visitor to the north country this week has devoted his life to the struggle for freedom--Denis Goldberg.  Go to full article

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