Lucas Willard

Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief/Weekend Host

Lucas Willard graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He also attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2010, where he studied audio and multimedia storytelling.  Prior to joining WAMC in 2011, Lucas worked with the Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley, the Big Shed Audio Documentary Podcast, the Albany Broadcasting Company, WDVL & WCVF-FM Fredonia, and WSUC-FM Cortland.  

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Over the past three decades, the amount of salt in Lake George has tripled. The reason is road salt applied to surfaces throughout the surrounding watershed.

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Elevated concentrations of lead are being found in school districts across New York. In the Capital Region, traces were recently discovered in Scotia, Bethlehem, Vorheesvillle and others following the latest mandatory testing. Last spring, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law requiring public school districts to test for lead by October 31st.

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Story updated 10/22/16. Audio from the originally aired story is posted.

October has typically been a month when the Saratoga Springs City Center hosts the North East Arms Collectors Association’s gun show.


New York environmental officials are asking hunters to be alert for any signs of the hunter who disappeared in Warren County almost one year ago.

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Pitney Farm is the last remaining operating farm within the Saratoga Springs city limits.

Partners have been working to purchase and preserve the family farm for the past several months. Earlier this year, the organization Saratoga PLAN backed out of its plans to purchase the property.

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The City of Saratoga Springs has unveiled a new Smart City plan. Put together in a collaborative process, the plan is designed to advance technology to benefit infrastructure, the business community, visitors and residents.

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A groundbreaking was held Thursday at the Galesi Group’s Harbor Center. The $27 million office complex is one of several developments going in the ground at the Mohawk Harbor site in Schenectady. 

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Take a walk through Albany’s warehouse district and you’ll notice some new businesses in the old brick structures. The strip has become a hotbed for craft beverage producers.

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A “Women for Trump” event was held in Albany Thursday, where dozens turned out in support of the GOP presidential nominee. The rally comes as Donald Trump’s campaign is struggling to move on from damaging video of comments regarding women Trump made 11 years ago. The crowd was focused on the next four weeks.

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Several political leaders from across the region have emailed statements against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's lewd remarks revealed in a 2005 exchange with TV personality Billy Bush.

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Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released his first budget plan for the city Friday.

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Three mothers from Flint, Michigan, a city dealing with toxic, lead-contaminated tap water, shared a gymnasium with local residents at St. Mary’s Academy in Hoosick Falls, where water has been tainted with the carcinogen PFOA.

NYS Senator Kathy Marchione speaks at Thursday's dedication.
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A stretch of highway from the Albany County line to the Warren County line has been designated in honor of naval veterans. The stretch of Route 9 that runs through Saratoga County was designated Thursday as the "United States Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway-Saratoga County."

In September, Code Blue Saratoga announced it would be prepared to operate come November from the Soul Saving Station church on Henry Street.

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Coffee and bagels were provided to students and guests Wednesday morning at the TEC-SMART Campus in Malta, where high schoolers get a jumpstart on a career through the Clean Tech Early College High School program. 

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Saratoga Springs’ 2017 Comprehensive Budget was presented at Tuesday’s city council meeting by Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Saratoga County, working with the Milton Grange, is hosting an event Saturday that aims introduce the basics of homesteading to kids and adults.

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Mark Spain was sworn in as Watervliet police chief eight months after stepping in as acting chief.

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Story updated 9/29/2016:

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation says it is determined to provide clean drinking water to Bennington-area residents with contaminated wells, despite a slowed negotiation process with the company linked to the contamination.

Vermont health and environmental officials are reminding residents in the Bennington area about a meeting this evening to address the chemical contamination of local water supplies. 

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The Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission for the past several months has been taking a close look at how city government works.

It's a contentious election year with the party leadership of the New York State Senate hanging in the balance.

Former Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services John Egan has died.

The University of Vermont College of Medicine has a new name after receiving the largest donation in the institution’s history.

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If you live in downtown Troy or are visiting for a bite to eat, chances are you may have difficulty finding parking.

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Since 1996, the Amsterdam Police Department has used its indoor shooting range as a storage area.

Chief Greg Culick gave a tour of the facility Thursday and pointed out the potential for the space.

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It's a contentious election year with the party leadership of the New York State Senate hanging in the balance.

In the 43rd Senate District, political newcomer Shaun Francis, a Democrat, is taking on two-term Republican Kathy Marchione.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency saying General Electric’s dredging of the upper Hudson River is not complete.

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Earlier this year, Shelters of Saratoga was forced to find a new home for its emergency Code Blue shelter after the Salvation Army determined it could no longer host the service at its building in downtown, where it had been for two years.  The program was started in 2013 at St. Peter’s School after the freezing death of a homeless woman.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the explosion that rocked Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night on Sunday morning.