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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Stillwater mayor Ernest Martin has held his job for 22 years and is being challenged by Rick Nelson, a lifelong village resident who has never held elected office.

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The Director of the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls is stepping down from his post in May. Charles Guerin, who is moving to a new position in Delware, guided the small museum and helped secure significant additions to its permanent collection. 

Ahead of a scheduled readmission hearing for a student sanctioned by Skidmore College for violating the campus’ policy on sexual misconduct, the national debate over campus sexual assault has found new voices among students in Saratoga Springs.

The issue of reporting campus sexual and gender-based misconduct has been at the forefront lately. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking private colleges and universities to adopt uniform assault reporting procedures. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is leading a charge nationally to combat campus sexual assault and violence.

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Hyde Collection director Charles Guerin will leave the Glens Falls museum on May 1st for a position as Executive Director of the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware.

Guerin joined the Hyde in 2013. He worked to expand the museum’s permanent collection including a major collection of American photography and a collection of 19th century French works.

Guerin said the Hyde is a “gem of an institution” and that he is honored to have been its director.

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A new primary care center in Amsterdam aims to provide services to the city’s underserved populations. 

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A new report examining the economic impact of the Saratoga Race Course shows the horse racing industry is having an increased footprint in the Capital Region economy.

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Advocates for local governments in New York and state lawmakers are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to include more funding for road and bridge repair in his annual budget.

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The mayor of Glens Falls is hoping to see the Glens Falls Civic Center reopened by Tuesday.

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Aftermath, an independent film shot in Saratoga Springs years ago, is at long last seeing a local release with its premiere in the Spa City set for Friday evening.

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A non-profit organization that works to educate the public in preserving Lake George has received $20,000 in grants to support programs mitigating storm runoff and teaching students.