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
4:43 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

International Visitors Study Volunteer Efforts In Berkshires To Protect Wildlife

A culvert prevents migration of certain fish species and other wildlife.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

A group of visitors from Sweden, students from Maine, and state workers from Massachusetts traveled to the Berkshires to get a first-hand look at some of the cooperative efforts underway to study and restore stream crossings in Western Massachusetts.

At a stream crossing in a wooded area on the outskirts of Pittsfield, Jane Winn, of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team shows a small crowd of students from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and a group of Swedish visitors, a culvert running underneath a rural road…

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New England News
3:47 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Mass. Gambling Panel Weighs Southeastern Casino Bids

The state's gambling commission has voted to allow failed applicants for casino licenses in eastern or western Massachusetts the opportunity to compete for the sole license in southeastern Massachusetts.

The motion was approved on Thursday by the panel, which had earlier voted to open the southeast region to commercial casino bids. The Mashpee Wampanaog tribe previously enjoyed exclusivity in the region while it pursued regulatory approvals for a proposed resort casino in Taunton.

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New England News
3:13 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Stakeholders Raise Concerns Over PCB Cleanup In Berkshires

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, General Electric, and the state governments of Connecticut and Massachusetts, recently met with stakeholders to provide updates on the cleanup plan for removing PCB’s from the Housatonic River and Silver Lake in Pittsfield.

At an EPA Housatonic River Citizens Coordinating Council meeting at the Lenox Library Wednesday evening, community stakeholders raised concerns over information presented on a status update of the cleanup project at Silver Lake in Pittsfield.

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New England News
8:50 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Report: Driving Boom Is Over

Credit MassDOT 511 Traffic Camera

A new report from the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group highlighting the decline in the average number of miles driven by the average American is supporting the call for investments in public education in the commonwealth.

The report released by the MASSPIRG Education Fund titled “A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future” says that on average, the amount of miles driven by Americans has been on the decline for the past eight years.

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New England News
5:07 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

UMass Nuclear Physicist Joins Team of Scientists Hoping to Solve Nature's Mysteries in Experiment

A nuclear physicist from UMass Amherst is among a select group of researchers that will be working on a experiment that hopes to find more about the way tiny subatomic particles behave in nature. WAMC’s Lucas Willard spoke with David Kawall about the basics of the Muon g-2 experiment, which hopes to solve some of biggest mysteries in physics…

For more information please visit: http://www.umass.edu/researchnext/lords-muon-ring

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New England News
5:48 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Williamstown To Accept FEMA Grant to Acquire Damaged Mobile Home Park

Credit Wikimedia User Beyond My Ken

The Board of Selectmen in Williamstown has given town manager Peter Fohlin the authorization to sign off on a $6.1 million grant for the town to acquire and close a mobile home park partially destroyed in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.

Fohlin said that before Williamstown can accept the FEMA grant which would be used specifically to remove housing from the Spruces Mobile Home Park, the town will have to negotiate a transfer of ownership and operation of the park from current owners Morgan Management.

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New England News
6:18 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mass. AG Announces Program to Help Municipalities Act on Distressed Properties

The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced the open application period for a grant program that seeks to revitalize vacant properties across the the state.

The Distressed Properties Identifications and Revitalization grant program, or DPIR, was created to help cities and towns in Massachusetts identify distressed and vacant properties in order to then advocate for their rehabilitation.

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New England News
12:24 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Social Media Campaign Promotes Prom Season Safety in Berkshires

Credit Pittsfield Prevention Partnership and Students Against Destructive Decisions

A campaign aimed at parents and teenagers to encourage a safe prom season kicks off today in the Berkshires and online.

The three-week Safe Prom Berkshire County campaign is a project of the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership and the Berkshire Family Focus. With information passed on to teens and parents through community businesses and partners, and an online social media strategy, the campaign hopes to encourage safe behavior and prevent automobile accidents.

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New England News
5:55 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Public Forum Tackles Physician Shortage in Berkshire County

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

A community discussion was held Friday to address the number primary care medical providers available in the Berkshires, and how to attract more to the area.

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New England News
5:35 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Report Adds More Information to Williamstown's Housing Dilemma

The entrance to the Spruces in Williamstown. Much of the mobile home park was destroyed by flooding associated with Tropical Storm Irene.
Credit Wikimedia User Beyond My Ken

A recently released report provides a deeper look into the housing needs of one small Berkshire County community.

Williamstown’s Affordable Housing Committee recently commissioned a study on the housing needs of the community by housing and development consultant, John Ryan. 

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