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
4:47 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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New England News
6:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Williamstown Residents to Vote on Lifting Conservation Restriction on Land Eyed for Development

Gates to the Spruces Mobile Home Park in Williamstown, MA. Much of the park was destroyed in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.
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Residents of Williamstown, Massachusetts tonight will vote for or against opening a portion of conservation-restricted for development. The land is being considered as a potential site for new affordable housing units.

Williamstown has received a $6 million Hazard Mitigation Grant from FEMA to purchase and demolish the Spruces Mobile Home Park and build replacement affordable housing for residents at another area in town. Most of the homes in the Spruces were destroyed by flooding in 2011 by Tropical Storm Irene.

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New England News
5:46 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Berkshire Activists Rally to Support GMO Labeling

Janet Bradley rallies for GMO labeling in PIttsfield.
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Janet Bradley, an organic farmer from Windsor, Massachusetts, stood on the corner of Park Square in downtown Pittsfield with a small group of protesters.

“To me it’s a huge health concern. I just think we’ve got to increase awareness and that Massachusetts is the perfect state to get labeling of genetically modified foods,” said Bradley.

The rally was sponsored by the political group Massachusetts Right to Know about GMOs.

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New England News
12:21 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Mass. Grant Program to Encourage Electric Vehicle Adoption

Vehicles at a charging station in San Francisco, CA
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On Monday, in the western Massachusetts town of Greenfield, state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan announced a new statewide grant program that will assist communities in investing in electric vehicles and infrastructure.

WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Secretary Sullivan about the new strategy to reduce the state's reliance on fossil fuels.

Secretary Sullivan and other state officials will also join residents in the town of Chelmsford to mark the launch of the program.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Berkshire Resident Describes Boston Lockdown

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Caroline Webster, a resident of Williamstown, was staying with friends in Somerville on Friday, when the Boston area was put into lockdown.

Police are still searching for one of the suspects believed to be in connection with the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Violence erupted overnight in a shootout that left one of the suspects and an MIT  police officer dead.

Caroline Webster spoke with WAMC's Lucas Willard.

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New England News
11:52 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Immigration Center Expert Weighs In On Violence In Boston

As news continues to unfold on the manhunt underway in Boston for a suspect in connection with Monday's bombing attacks at the Boston Marathon, Brooke Mead, Program Coordinator at the Berkshire Immigrant Center, offers her opinion.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect at large, is believed to be an immigrant from an area of Russia near Chechnya.

Brooke Mead spoke with WAMC's Lucas Willard.

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New England News
1:54 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Greenfield Passes Moratorium on Biomass Energy Plants

The town council of Greenfield, Massachusetts has voted to approve a 14-month moratorium on industrial biomass power generators and all waste-to-energy projects until September, 2014.

It’s believed that the 14 month moratorium on industrial size biomass burning and all waste to energy projects in Greenfield is the first of its kind in Massachusetts.   Eleven members of the 12-member town council approved the moratorium, with one member abstaining.

The vote came after a petition was submitted to the town council with a large amount of support from town residents.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Conn. Sporting Events Reviewing Security Measures

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Officials at several Connecticut sporting events are taking another look at security measures in response to the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

The state's largest event is the Travelers Championship PGA golf tournament in Cromwell, which draws more than 200,000 fans a year. Tournament Director Nathan Grube says safety is a top priority every year, but he expects to hold more discussions about security because of the Boston blasts. This year's tournament is set for June 20 to 23.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Mycologist Seeks Help in Cataloguing Berkshire County's Wild Mushrooms

Mycologist John Wheeler displays mushrooms commonly known as scarlet cups
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John Wheeler, President of the Berkshire Count Mycological Society,  is searching for volunteers to assist in an effort to catalog species of wild mushrooms. 

For more information:

John Wheeler

413-528-5039

myco260@adelphia.net

 

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