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 England News
5:48 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Berkshire County Planning Efforts Focus On Transportation, Life Sciences

Planning efforts surrounding economic development through the life sciences and transportation in the Berkshires are about to head into their next stages.

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is asking county residents to weigh in on planning efforts examining potential station locations for North-South passenger rail between Pittsfield and the state border with Connecticut, as part of a $240,000 federal grant. 

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New England News
6:04 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Mass. Treasurer Visits Pittsfield School To Congratulate First Grade Student

Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman congratulates first grade student Esha Zahid
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman, a potential Democratic candidate in the 2014 race for governor, traveled today to a Berkshire County elementary school, where he joined state and local officials to present an award to a first-grader.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

North Adams Community Conversation Will Address Aging Flood Chutes

Credit Hoosic River Revival

The cement-walled flood chutes that travel through North Adams are now over 60-years old, and concerns over the safety and integrity of the structures have been on the minds of many city residents for years.

Judy Grinnell, President of Hoosic River Revival, said the conversation about how to address the flood chutes and improve the quality of life in North Adams first began in 2008.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Pittsfield Makes Way For Medical Marijuana

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

Under the ballot measure approved by Massachusetts voters legalizing medical marijuana last year, up to 35 licenses for dispensaries could be opened across the state. The state Department of Public Health revealed its final regulations for the distribution of the drug in May, and Pittsfield has been one of many localities working to change zoning regulations to accommodate the arrival of the dispensaries.

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New England News
5:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Mass. Advocates Seek More Funding For Youth Violence Reduction Program

A state-funded program to boost youth violence prevention efforts in Massachusetts is at risk of losing all funding after only a handful of years after its initial creation.

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New England News
5:39 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

President Of The United Nations General Assembly Visits Berkshire High School

President of the United Nations General Assembly Vuk Jeremić visits Mt. Everett Regional School in Sheffield, Mass.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

The president of the United Nations General Assembly Vuk Jeremić visited a school Southern Berkshire County yesterday to speak and answer questions from students.

Jeremić arrived at Mt. Everett Regional School in Sheffield via helicopter on Tuesday afternoon. After a luncheon and a meeting with a handful of students at the school’s model United Nations club, he addressed a larger group of high schoolers in the auditorium.

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New England News
7:51 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

New Leaders Announced For Mass. Exec. Office Of Health And Human Services

The Massachusetts Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services recently announced new leaders of several key Health and Human positions.

Secretary John Polanowicz said that the new team is “strong and experienced” and will help the Patrick administration “advance goals around health care access, youth violence prevention, and strengthening our safety net services.”

Stacey Monahan was named the new Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance. Monahan had served as Interim Commissioner following the resignation of Daniel Curley in February.

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New England News
3:22 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mass. Legislative Commitee Will Hold Hearing On Raising Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Massachusetts is currently $8 per hour, the rate was set in 2008 and does not adjust for inflation.

The federal rate is currently $7.75, but President Obama has requested that Congress raise the rate to $9 per hour and index the rate to inflation.

The bill, filed by Democratic State Senator Marc Pacheco of Taunton, would seek to raise the Bay State’s minimum wage to $11 dollars over three years. Pacheco said that although the $3 increase may seem dramatic, the amount more accurately reflects the value of the minimum wage in 1968 adjusted for inflation.

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New England News
4:13 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Public Reacts To NSA's Collecting Of Phone Records

Residents of Pittsfield, Massachusetts voiced their views of reports that the NSA has gathered phone records from millions of Americans.

Pittsfield mayor Dan Bianchi rounded out the conversations with city residents.

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New England News
3:40 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Berkshire County School District Seeks to Strengthen Sex Ed Programs

Pittsfield High School
Credit City of Pittsfield

The Pittsfield Public School’s Curriculum Subcommittee has been meeting with district and community partners to address the city’s troubling teen pregnancy rate by expanding and strengthening programs both in and out of school.

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