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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

Stories filed by Natasha Haverty

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John Kordet
John Kordet

Heard Up North: Nosing around the Canton Farmer's Market

The Canton Farmer's Market opened last week. While most of the vendors rely on their table display to catch the customer's eye, one tent calls on the customer's olfactory system.  Go to full article
Failure to provide adequate resources is neither prudent nor acceptable

Potsdam considers police force size

The Potsdam Village Board opened a public discussion on the size of the police force last night.

Two positions have remained unfilled since one sergeant resigned last year, and another was promoted to chief. That's prompted questions about how big a police force the village needs.  Go to full article
Itís my belief that the cost of the Potsdam village police force... is the major financial issue facing the village.

Potsdam considers police force size

Tonight the Potsdam Village Board will hold a public discussion on the size of the village Police Department. Potsdam has only cut its the department by one position, since former Sergeant Kevin Bates took over as Chief of Police, but that cut has sparked serious discussion about the future of the force.

As Tasha Haverty reports, this evening's session will help determine whether the village will restore the position, or take the opportunity to downsize and save money.  Go to full article

Keeping the Dairy Princess tradition alive, one farm daughter at a time

St. Lawrence County has had a Dairy Princess since 1964. Every year since then, a group of judges selects a wholesome young woman from the community to be the face of the local dairy industry.

To become the dairy princess a girl has to be between 16 and 21 years old, and has to compete in a pageant where she is judged on her public speaking ability, her general poise, and her knowledge of dairy products. Tasha Haverty takes us through this year's competition, and looks ahead to its future.  Go to full article
Pickens General Store
Pickens General Store

Heard Up North: Pickens Hall Artist Showcase

This past Monday the Pickens General Store hosted its first local Artisan Showcase. Pickens General Store in Heuvelton features handmade goods and crafts by the Amish the rest of the year. But this past Monday, the store opened its doors to all local artists and crafts people, with the hopes of fostering new partnerships.

Pickens Hall is a three story stone building, 65 feet wide and 74 feet deep. In the mid eighteen hundreds John Pickens built it so that his daughters, the world-traveling performance duo The Abbot Sisters, could have a place to perform at home. The great hall is on the third floor and is currently being restored. Pickens Store is on the first and second floors.

Kyle and Sally Hartman were lead organizers for Monday's showcase.  Go to full article

An Evening of Performance Poetry

April is National Poetry Month.

Last week the Adirondack Center for Writing brought three poets from New York City and Chicago to the Saranac Lake Campus of North Country Community College for an evening of performance poetry. Performance poetry isn't a poetry slam, necessarily, and it's not a poetry reading, either. There's nothing like the energy in a room when a performance poet is up there--in famous performance poetry venues like the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe and the Bowery Poetry club, it's common practice for the audience to react during the performance, calling out, or clapping. But even here in the North Country, where the audience tends to stay in their seats, the atmosphere was electric. These three poets were on.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Women's Clothing Swap

They say fashion is cyclical. On today's Heard Up North, Tasha Haverty takes us to one of the North Country's most glamorous evenings of the year: the semi-annual Women's Clothing Swap at the Canton Free Library.  Go to full article
Landfill. Photo: DANC
Landfill. Photo: DANC

Heard Up North: He threw it all away

The last landfill in St. Lawrence County closed in 1992, right around the time that New York State mandated recycling. Joe Levine has worked for the county's Solid Waste Department for a quarter of a century. Tasha Haverty paid Joe a visit at his job.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Planting vegetables by the moon

It says in the Bible that there is a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted. Right now, it's time to plant, some things anyway. On this past Easter Sunday Tasha Haverty worked a trade with longtime North Country gardener, Isis Melhado. If Tasha helped with the onions, the reluctant Isis would explain a little about her method.

Weaver and gardener Isis Melhado lives outside Canton along the Little River, and times her planting by the phases of the Moon.  Go to full article

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