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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On January 7th, nursing staff represented by the New York State Nurses Association demonstrated outside Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. Those participating were then locked out for four days until the following Monday. Demonstrations continued until workers were let back in.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s office has announced results from surface water testing in Bennington and North Bennington, as state authorities are hoping to determine the source and extent of a chemical contamination.

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For the last two years, all boats entering Lake George have had to meet three requirements: they must be cleaned, drained, and dry. If not, boaters are sent to a washing station free of charge.

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The EPA will undertake a second five-year review of GE’s cleanup of PCBs from the Hudson River. Dredging on a 40-mile stretch between Fort Edward and Troy, New York was finished this fall. Now, General Electric will remain on the river for monitoring and habitat restoration work.

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The state health department said Wednesday repeated testing of the village of Hoosick Falls water system shows non-detection of perfluorooctanoic acid, and the water is now safe for all uses including cooking and drinking.

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Spring is here, but people who spend their time outdoors may have already noticed an early visitor: the black-legged tick.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch will visit with state and local officials in Southern Vermont Monday to receive an update on the chemical contamination of private wells.

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Thoroughbred racing fans will have the chance to pick up season passes for the 2016 meet at the Saratoga Race Course on Monday.

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A former president of Skidmore College has died. David H. Porter, the college's fifth president, was found on a path near his home in Saratoga Springs Saturday morning. The 80-year-old was reported missing Friday evening. Police do not suspect foul play.

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According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, New York is home to more than 65,000 women veterans. A community forum scheduled for tonight in Schenectady aims to bring the issues they face into focus.

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With a deadline approaching for lawmakers to agree on a final New York State budget, legislators are making the rounds in their districts this week to advocate for their priorities. In Saratoga Springs, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner spent a day visiting with students and teachers.

Next month, after years under state control, the New York Racing Association is expected to submit a reprivatization plan.

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The New York State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation say tests are showing decontamination of the Hoosick Falls water system is successful.

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The city says it is the fourth-oldest operating performance venue in the nation. Now, a partnership between the Cohoes Music Hall and the Palace Theatre in Albany is seeking to breathe new life into the building.

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National Grid is joining with local highway officials across New York with a simple message: slow down.

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Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, a Capital Region Democrat, says he recently learned that a vote to legalize mixed-martial arts could come as soon as Monday. Santabarbara, who  has been a vocal advocate for bringing the sport to New York, said the bill to regulate it has 80 co-sponsors.

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Weeks after news of a potential distribution center for Dollar General fell through in Saratoga County, the company is eyeing a new site in Montgomery County. Proponents are viewing the project as a job creator.

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After some recent confusion, Glens Falls mayor “Jack” Diamond will remain in office until the end of his term. And for the next year and a half, the Democrat says he plans to continue working to bring more business downtown.

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After almost a year of negotiations, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home in Gloversville has ratified a new contract with union workers.

Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home in Gloversville has ratified a new contract with its union workers.

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Bennington College has received a $90,000 grant to study the chemical PFOA, which has been found in surrounding water sources. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with faculty at the college who will be guiding research into a subject with many unknowns.

Green party candidate Matt Funiciello is returning to the campaign trail to run again for New York's 21st Congressional District. 

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Renowned American composer Michael Torke, who has produced pieces for the Atlanta Olympic games, Disney, and penned numerous operas, is premiering a new work with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer.

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A temporary filtration system is up and running in the Rensselaer County village of Hoosick Falls. The community near the Vermont border has been grappling with the chemical PFOA in its public water supply. On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a much anticipated visit to review the work done so far.

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A body has been recovered from the Hudson River, where a tugboat sank Saturday morning after colliding with a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge.

The City of Schenectady will receive millions from its new casino even before the project begins operating.

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New York Congressman Paul Tonko has introduced a bill that would boost funding for clean water projects. The Democrat joined a coalition of bipartisan leaders from across the Capital Region whose communities are grappling with failing infrastructure.

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Bennington College has received a $90,000 grant to study the chemical PFOA, which has been found in surrounding water sources.

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A group dedicated to reducing child hunger has released a new report that shows New York ranks low among the 50 states in providing students with breakfast.

An environmental law firm has announced it is expanding its investigation of PFOA contamination to New Hampshire. The announcement comes on the heels of investigations in New York and Vermont.

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