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
5:38 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Mass. Interim Commissioner of Department of Transitional Assistance Hears Concerns from Berkshires

DTA Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan visits Pittsfield
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Massachusetts Interim Commissioner of the state Department of Transitional Assistance visited Pittsfield last night as part of a statewide campaign seeking public input on how to improve integrity and client services in the Commonwealth.

DTA Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan stopped in Pittsfield Wednesday evening as just one several stops she is making soliciting comments from community members across the state. At the end of the multi-city tour, a report with all the information will be submitted to the legislature and Governor’s office for consideration.

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New England News
3:07 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Mass. Interim Commissioner of Department of Transitional Assistance to Hear Comments in Pittsfield

In the wake of a report released earlier this year by the Massachusetts Inspector General suggesting that $25 million may be wasted in the welfare system annually, and following the resignation of former Commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance Daniel Curley, recently-appointed Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan is touring the Bay State holding a series of listening sessions to hear feedback and suggestions from the public on how to improve the DTA system.

The meeting will be held this evening beginning at 6 pm at the Pittsfield Public Library.

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New England News
1:07 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Great Barrington Elm May Help Researchers Manage Tree Disease

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A large tree in a small Berkshire town may hold the key to finding the cure to a disease that has deforested suburban landscapes for decades.

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New England News
5:25 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Mass. GOP Sen. hopeful Winslow defends Dem. Donations

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Daniel Winslow is defending past donations to Democratic candidates, including a $500 contribution to Attorney General Martha Coakley.

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New England News
5:14 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Funeral for Marine Killed in Nevada to be Held in Western Mass.

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A Marine from Connecticut who was killed in a training exercise explosion in Nevada will be laid to rest later this week in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
7:48 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Mass. Physician Advocates Seek Changes in Prescription Monitoring Program

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Patient advocates and representatives of the medical community in Massachusetts are submitting comments to the state Board of Public Health to address regulations that aim to curb prescription drug abuse.

Signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in 2012, An Act relative to prescription drug diversion, abuse and addiction, requires prescribers of pain killers to enroll in the state’s now-voluntary Prescription Monitoring Program upon renewal of their medical licenses. Currently about 1,700 prescribers in Massachusetts are enrolled in the program.

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New England News
5:53 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Collaboration Aims to Help Berkshire Entrepreneurs

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On Monday, a new initiative to bring together the public and private sectors was announced to help foster small business development in the Berkshires.

The Berkshire Enterprises program, part of Berkshire Community College’s Office for Workforce Development, was presented with new collaborative space at the 1 Berkshire Strategic Alliance in Downtown Pittsfield.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Greenfield School Committee Votes to Keep Virtual Academy in Operation

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A Western Massachusetts school committee has voted to keep the state’s only operation virtual school open next year.

Recently the Greenfield Public Schools Committee voted to reverse an earlier decision that would have discontinued the operation of the district’s Massachusetts Virtual Academy in the 2013-2014 school year.

Some committee members had felt that ceding control of the Virtual Academy to the state’s new Commonwealth Virtual School program would be too similar to creating a charter school.

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New England News
5:52 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Western Mass. Police Officers Train With Berkshire Actors

On Friday, actors from the Royal Berkshire Improve Troupe portraying real-life mental health crisis situations helped train law enforcement officers from across Western Massachusetts.

Organized by the Berkshire County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the unscripted role-playing designed to increase an officer’s confidence in handling a call involving individuals with mental illness, comes after a 40 hr training course the officers participated in to recognize and deal with mental health crises.

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New England News
5:07 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Berkshire Group Launches Grassroots Public Transit Campaign

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A recently launched grassroots campaign advocating for improved public transportation in the Berkshires is now online, and some are hoping that it will catch on in communities across Massachusetts. 

The Wish I Had Transit campaign was recently launched by volunteers in the Northern Berkshires, in less than two weeks since the idea of using social media to demonstrate the need for improved public transportation was discussed at a community forum in North Adams.

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