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
5:34 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Mass. Secretary of Public Safety Makes First Stop in Berkshires

Massachusetts’ new Secretary of Public Safety began a tour of the commonwealth today with a stop in Lenox to meet with public safety officials from several Berkshire County communities.

Recently appointed Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral visited with members of the public including lawmakers, building inspectors, fire chiefs, and law enforcement from across Berkshire County at the Lenox town hall.

Cabral, a former sheriff of Suffolk County, said in listening to concerns from the public she learned a great deal about the Berkshires.

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New England News
12:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Mass. Secretary of Transportation Discusses Bond Bill in Berkshires

Massachusetts’ Secretary of Transportation visited the Berkshires on Thursday to pitch the governor’s transportation budget, and to discuss the newly filed transportation bond bill with local legislators and heads of town governments.

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New England News
6:09 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Berkshire Non-Profit Launches Teen Pregnancy Awareness Campaign

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Berkshire County, Massachusetts has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state. In Pittsfield, a local organization kicked off a campaign that intends to raise awareness of this issue.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Groups Argue Over Size and Scope of Mass. Budget

Discussion over the proper size for Massachusetts’ budget continues as supporters of Governor Deval Patrick’s intention to raise revenues rallied in Boston Tuesday. But House legislators and other groups are advocating for a smaller tax package.

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New England News
5:57 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Pres. Obama's Pick for EPA Admin. Gets Praise in New England

President Obama’s pick for EPA Administrator is receiving praise from a range of groups including state governments, environmentalists, and industry representatives.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch Calls for Raise on Social Security Tax Income Cap

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QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Rep. and Democratic senatorial candidate Stephen Lynch says the income cap on Social Security contributions should be raised at a faster pace to help keep the retirement system solvent.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Area Dems Urge Reversal of TSA's New Knife Policy

Area democrats are urging Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to reverse a decision that would allow passengers to bring small knives onto airplanes

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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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