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
5:25 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Founder of Berkshire Bach Society Dies

The founder of the Berkshire Bach Society has died. A memorial service was held on Tuesday.

Simon Wainrib died Sunday at a Framingham retirement home at age 90.

The Berkshire Bach Society was formed 1990 by Wainrib after settling in the Berkshires in the 1980s. The Society hosts concerts performing the music of the late composer throughout the region.

Wainrib documented his early life in Europe and his families’ escape from Nazi Germany in his memoir titled “Escapes”.

Wainrib also served as a music critic for the Berkshire Record newspaper.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Pittsfield Public Schools Among Few in Nation Selected for Science Competition

Pittsfield High School
Credit City of Pittsfield

Pittsfield has been selected as one of only a handful of cities across the country to participate in a national science competition designed to encourage strong teaching in science. 

The “Make My LabWoRx” competition from Science WoRx, an online resource network for science educators sponsored by pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma US, Inc. is offering the opportunity for science teachers to win lab equipment for their schools through a competition with a goal of driving innovation in the classroom.

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New England News
2:54 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Mass. Governor Signs Executive Order to Expand Business Opportunities for Wounded Vets

Friday, March 8, 2013 - Governor Patrick signs an Executive Order to help create business opportunities for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses across the Commonwealth in the Governor’s Council Chambers in the State House.
Credit Eric Haynes / Governor's Office

The Governor of Massachusetts recently signed an executive order to enhance opportunities for small businesses owned by disabled veterans. 

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New England News
6:11 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Berkshire Democrats weigh in on Senate primary

Democrats in western Massachusetts have mixed opinions on which candidate running in the primary to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat left by Secretary of State John Kerry they’ll support. 

While Fourth Berkshire District State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli may not be able to decide to support either Democratic U.S. Senate candidates, Congressmen Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch, he knows what he wants to see in Washington.

Pignatelli said that he’d like to see more of either candidate communicate more with the voters in his district before he’ll make a decision.

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New England News
6:02 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Northern Berkshire Residents Press Lawmakers for Transportation Funding

Concerned members of the Northern Berkshire community gathered in North Adams Friday to participate in an open discussion on their current and future public transportation needs.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Judge Orders Seizure of Mass. Pharmacy Owners' Homes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A bankruptcy court judge has ordered the homes of the owners of a Massachusetts pharmacy seized as they face lawsuits related to a nationwide meningitis outbreak.

The homes' combined value was estimated at about $21 million at the time of the January order, filed with the court Wednesday.

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New England News
6:36 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Berkshire County Wood Products Industry Will See Changes Under Quarantine

Credit courtesy NYS DEC

Due to the discovery of the invasive emerald ash borer in Dalton last summer, Berkshire County is now under strict orders to contain the movement of ash lumber and all hardwood firewood from outside of its borders.

Dicken Crane sells ash lumber from his Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton. He said that if the quarantine zone were not confined to Berkshire County only, he’d have an easier time getting his lumber or firewood processed, which often must be done in other parts of the state.

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New England News
12:57 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Western Mass. Towns Take Opposite Approach to Wind Power

Two small towns in Western Massachusetts have opposite opinions on developing future wind energy projects in their communities.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

ACLU Asks Mass. Supreme Court to Hear Drug Scandal Cases

Credit AP File Photo

BOSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is asking the state's highest court to get involved in a state drug lab scandal that threatens to derail thousands of criminal cases.

The ACLU is asking the Supreme Judicial Court to find that all defendants whose cases were handled by former state chemist Annie Dookhan have a presumptive right to have their sentences put on hold while motions for new trials are pending.

Dookhan is accused of faking test results and tampering with evidence.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Western Mass. Utility Asking Customers to Prepare for Winter Storm

Credit Flickr / haarald

A Western Massachusetts utility is warning customers to prepare for a winter storm expected to bring prolonged rain and snow into the region. 

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