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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New York News
3:11 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

"From Physics To Fish": Jefferson Project Maps Lake George

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Researchers on Lake George have just completed the first stage in mapping and understanding one of the region’s most important resources.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Amsterdam To Host Pro-Casino Rally

A parade is planned in the City of Amsterdam next week in support of casino development. Organizers hope the event will improve Montgomery County’s chances of receiving a Capital Region casino.

The casino proposal picture in Montgomery County has been a rollercoaster in the last several days.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

NYRA Details 2014 Meet At Saratoga

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New York Racing Association officials have detailed the upcoming summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.

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New York News
2:49 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Greenwich To Vote On Village Dissolution

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On Tuesday voters in the Washington County village of Greenwich will head to the polls to decide whether to dissolve their local government.

The southern Washington County village founded in 1809 is located within the town of Greenwich. A small part of the village lies in neighboring Easton.

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New York News
6:03 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Saratoga Springs Police Release More Documents Related To Mount Case

Public Safety Commissioner Chris Matthiesen
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The Saratoga Springs Police Department has released more photographs, video, and other documents related to the events last summer that led to the death of a Malta man in May of this year, but the family of the victim is still looking for more information. 

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New York News
11:31 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Officials Seek Study Of Expanding Saratoga & North Creek Railway

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Economic Development officials in Warren County are requesting funding to conduct a feasibility study to expand regional short-line rail service.

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New York News
6:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Montgomery County Officials Ask NYS Gaming Commission For Changes In Casino Licensing Requirements

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The letter sent Thursday and signed by Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort, Town of Florida Supervisor Eric Mead, and City of Amsterdam Mayor Anne Thane asks the New York State Gaming Commission to modify casino licensing requirements for Region 2.

The letter requests that the state defer $25 million of the $50 million license fee, balanced with an increased tax on gaming revenues, and that the Gaming Commission offer a 60 day extension on the casino RFA.

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New York News
5:28 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Adirondack Flames Will Play First Game Oct. 11

Adirondack Flames President Brian Petrovek
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The Adirondack Flames, Glens Falls’ new American Hockey League team, has provided more details on its inaugural season as it transitions to its new home.

Thursday in Glens Falls, Adirondack Flames President Brian Petrovek gave an update on how the Civic Center’s new team is settling in. He outlined that the team is assembling its full-time staff, the offices have been painted white and red to match the team’s colors, and that much of the work ahead will be to reach into the community and get fans ready for first game of the season this fall.

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New York News
5:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

NY Lawmakers Pass Bill To Outlaw Tattoos On Pets

State lawmakers in New York have voted to make it illegal to tattoo or pierce dogs and cats. 

The bill came following reports of the sale of so-called "gothic kittens" that had piercings on their necks and back, and of a Brooklyn tattoo artist who tattooed his dog.

The bill passed the state Assembly earlier this month and was endorsed by the Senate on Wednesday. Both votes were unanimous. The proposal now heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to sign it into law.

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New York News
2:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Boy Injured In Bounce House Accident Released From Hospital

The second of two young New York boys injured when an inflatable play house became airborne has been released from a hospital.

Police in South Glens Falls tell The Post-Star newspaper the 6-year-old was released earlier this month and is back home. The boy is continuing treatment for two broken arms and other injuries.

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