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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WAMC News
1:09 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Vermont Artist Reflects On Wordless Billboard Project

Credit Rob Hitzig

In November, Rob Hitzig, an artist based in Montpelier, Vermont, had a wordless billboard installed beside Route 9 in Queensbury, New York. The space typically reserved for advertising featured a colorful, abstract image that Hitzig has described as an “antidote” to constant, demanding messages. 

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North Country News
7:49 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Owens Would Like To Continue In Economic Development Role

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Speaking after returning from Washington D.C. Friday, retiring Democratic Congressman Bill Owens of Northern New York said leaving his job is ‘bittersweet’ but that he would also like to stay engaged in the North Country.

“I think that from my perspective, I believe that I will be able to contribute by continuing to help in the economic development arena in particular, and I think that that is something that the North Country cries out for, whether you’re talking about Saratoga or you’re talking about Lewis County, and everything in between.”

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New York News
4:57 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Economic Development Awards Support Projects Large And Small

Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday unveiled more than $700 million in economic and community development funding to support a diverse array of projects throughout New York. 

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New York News
12:54 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Area Representatives Discuss Federal Budget Vote

Credit James DeMers

In a 219 to 206 vote, Congress approved the FY 2015 omnibus spending plan that continues to fund the government. President Obama had urged lawmakers to pass the $1.1 trillion package, despite the White House’s disagreement with two particular inclusions; a provision that would repeal a portion of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reforms and a measure to increase the limit on campaign contributions by single donors.

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New York News
5:23 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Adirondack Healthcare Advocacy Group Awarded Grant To Bring Stakeholders Together

A member organization that includes healthcare providers from across the Adirondacks has received a 2.4 million dollar grant to reduce health risks through prevention.

The Adirondack Health Institute, a joint venture of Adirondack Health, Community Providers, Inc. which operates CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, Glens Falls Hospital, and Hudson Headwaters Health Network, advocates for healthcare and works with providers and community organizations.

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New York News
3:29 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Former Officials Take Issue With Lawsuit Against Saratoga Springs City Council

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

  Note: This posted has been updated.

A group of former city officials in Saratoga Springs last week filed a lawsuit accusing the current city council of illegally approving a land exchange. Now other former officials are speaking out against the charges. It’s the latest flare-up between city incumbents and past leaders.

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New York News
5:37 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Kesselring Site Gets Support In Federal Spending Plan

Passage of a federal spending bill that would fund the government for the next fiscal year would also fund a military site in Saratoga County that is central to the region’s economy.  New York congressional leaders are urging the bill’s passage.

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New York News
1:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Company Warns Of Cuts As Saratoga County Nursing Home Shifts To Private Hands

Credit Saratoga County

The potential new owner of Saratoga County’s Maplewood Manor nursing home says it’s working to reduce the impact on current staffing levels as the home approaches privatization, but some cuts may be unavoidable.

The Saratogian newspaper reported earlier this month that employees at Maplewood Manor were handed a notice that up to 97 full- and part-time positions could be cut as the county-owned nursing home changes to private hands.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Preserving The Story Of The American Jukebox

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

At his home in Somers in northern Westchester County, Ed Liss has one of the largest collections of a uniquely American invention. Nineteen jukeboxes —  all completely restored and plugged in — line the walls of Ed’s rumpus room.

Ed’s home is filled with machines dating from the 1930s up through the decades. While some appear more modest, others have swirling colored lights and molded cabinets to look like an automobile or a locomotive, and Ed says they all capture the aesthetics of the era in which they were built.

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New York News
5:04 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Relationship Between Police And Community In Focus At Crime Prevention Conference

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

In a time of tense relationships between urban communities and police, law enforcement officials from across New York gathered in Saratoga Springs to take part in a conference designed to reduce violent crime through community engagement.

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