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
4:19 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Berkshires See Spike in Demand for Foreclosure Prevention Programs

Credit WAMC

In the first quarter of 2013, the foreclosure crisis affecting Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires appears to be worsening despite national trends of an improving housing market.

As a result of a $25 billion national settle with major lenders over their foreclosure practices, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office over the past year has partnered with community organizations to offer assistance to those who face foreclosure in a campaign called HomeCorps.

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New England News
4:30 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Berkshire Railroad Reopens After Derailment

A section of railway in Berkshire County has been reopened after a partial train derailment over the weekend.

Repairs were completed by Monday evening on a rail line owned by the Housatonic Rail Road.

Four cars had derailed in Lee shortly after midnight on Friday. According to railroad officials nobody was injured in the crash. The cause of the derailment is unknown.

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New England News
1:13 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Berkshire Families Find Lack of Support for Dealing with PTSD

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.
Credit National Institutes of Health


One of the signature lasting effects on veterans of the Iraq War is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reveals that PTSD not only affects those who served, but their family members as well....

Amy, a resident of the Northern Berkshires is married to a veteran who served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, and was redeployed for Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. Amy, who asked to keep her last name anonymous, said that when her husband returned from war the first time in 2006, she noticed his behavior had changed.

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New England News
6:22 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Western Mass. Workshops Showcase Ecologically-Friendly Stream Crossings

Damage after Hurricane Irene on August 28th, 2011in Bethel, Vermont.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region/Creative Commons

A series of workshops are being held across Western Massachusetts to educate the public, as well as municipal leaders and planners, on the importance of improving stream crossings for fish and wildlife, and for promoting public safety.

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New England News
6:06 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

$1.9 Million Awarded to Protect Land from Development in Western Mass.

Farmland in the Berkshire town of Egremont preserved under Massachusetts' Agricultural Preservation Restriction program.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Governor Deval Patrick’s administration recently awarded nearly $2 million in grants to preserve large tracts of undeveloped land in Western Massachusetts.

Last week Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced the Landscape Partnership Program is supporting two projects to protect thousands of acres of agricultural and wooded land from development in Franklin and Berkshire Counties.

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New England News
12:00 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Pittsfield Welcomes Irish Visitors

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Members of Pittsfield’s Irish sister city committee welcomed guests from Ballina, Ireland on Friday afternoon at Pittsfield City Hall.

Rob Dwyer, president of the Irish Sister City Committee said that since Pittsfield chose Ballina as its sister city in 1998, due to similarities in its “small-town” feel and economy, the two communities have grown close.

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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

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

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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