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
2:21 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

North Adams Voters Approve Conte School Renovation on Day of Senate Primary

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Many towns across Massachusetts yesterday held local elections on the same day as the U.S. Senate primaries.

In addition to nominating their Democratic and Republican Senatorial candidates, Representative Ed Markey and businessman Gabriel Gomez, respectively, Tuesday was a day for Berkshire County voters to choose their selectmen and members of their local school boards. But for voters in North Adams, it was a day to vote for a nearly $30 million renovation project for the now-closed Conte Middle School.

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WAMC News
5:29 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Study: Superstorm Sandy Dumped Billions of Gallons of Sewage into Waterways

Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut.

That's according to a study by the nonprofit science journalism group Climate Central. It says that's equivalent to having Central Park covered 41 feet high with sewage.

Most of the overflow was due to storm-surge flooding that inundated sewage treatment facilities.

The sewage spilled into surrounding waters and even some city streets, most of it in New York City and northern New Jersey.

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New England News
5:57 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Pittsfield Fire Department Awarded FEMA Grant to Upgrade Equipment

Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Richard Neal joined city and public safety officials in Pittsfield today to announce a federal grant that will help the city upgrade its fire safety equipment.

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New England News
5:42 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Local Issues May Drive Turnout For Mass. U.S. Senate Primaries in Berkshires

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It appears that interest for Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate primary election tomorrow is low, particularly for cities and towns in the westernmost part of the commonwealth.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Malloy Says Car Tax Proposal Stalled

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says it is unlikely the General Assembly will take up his proposal to slash local taxes on vehicles during this year's legislative session.

The Democrat told reporters on Friday that he's "accepted the reality that it's probably not going to be addressed this year."

Malloy had called for exempting the first $20,000 of a vehicle's assessed value from the local property tax. That would mean someone who owns a car with a market value of under $28,571 would pay no property tax.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Pittsfield Celebrates Arbor Day

Jim McGrath leads the Arbor Day celebrations at Pitt Park
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Members of the Pittsfield community gathered to celebrate Arbor Day at Pitt Park. The park was founded 100 years ago, one of the city’s first parks.

The public gathered in the park under the branches of an Eastern Cottonwood tree that Jim McGrath, Parks and Open Spaces Director for the City of Pittsfield, said was here before the city was founded. It is at least 300 years old.

"We're pleased that we can celebrate this grand champion on Arbor Day," said McGrath.

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New England News
5:10 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Berkshire Forum Focuses on Gun Violence

A community discussion in the Berkshires Thursday focused on gun violence revealed a range of opinions that mirrors the debate at the national level.

The gun violence forum, hosted by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, brought together members of the public on both sides of the gun control debate, and three guest speakers.

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New England News
9:26 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Berkshire Residents Find Creative Way to Support Victims of Boston Attacks

Shoppers browse prints available at Berkshire Community College
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Since Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced the creation of  The One Fund last week, more than $23 million and counting has been raised to help the people most affected by recent attacks near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Much of the fund consists of the $16 million donated from corporations, but more than $7 million has been raised through donations from the public. 

And in the Berkshires, people are doing their part.

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New England News
4:47 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Williamstown Voters Decide to Take No Action on Housing Articles

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More than 750 voters filled the gymnasium of the Mount Greylock Regional High School on Wednesday, with many expecting to vote on articles that would determine the future use for properties currently under conservation restriction.

One article was included as the result of a citizen’s petition, which sought to place a permanent restriction on the 30.5-acre parcel of land known as the Lowry Property, and a nearby 140-acre parcel known as the Burbank Property.

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New England News
12:31 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Report: Closing Skills Gap is Key to Economic Growth in Mass.

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A recently released report in Massachusetts analyzed and made recommendations on how to address the growing skills gap in education and workforce.

The report is titled Closing the Massachusetts Skills Gap: Recommendations and Action Steps, and is published by the Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public organization within the state’s Executive Office of Labor of Workforce Development.

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