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 York News
3:34 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

New York State Officials Urge Safety After Bounce House Accident

New York state officials are urging parents to take caution after an accident in South Glens Falls. Three children were injured after an inflatable toy house was carried high off the ground by the wind.

The accident Monday that seriously injured two of the three children after they were picked up in a Little Tikes brand inflatable bounce house is receiving national attention, spurred on by a viral photo of the house high in the sky.

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New York News
2:24 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Saratoga And Glens Falls Hospitals Will Study Potential Partnerships

Two hospitals in the Southern Adirondack region have begun discussions to examine possible opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. 

Recently, the Saratoga Hospital Board of Trustees and Glens Falls Hospital Board of Governors agreed to begin to formally look for ways for possible future “alignment and collaboration.”

The two healthcare providers already cooperate in certain areas, including some medical specialties and comprehensive cancer care.

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New York News
1:05 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

"Clean, Drain, Dry" Is Message To Lake George Boaters

Credit USDA

On May 15th, the Lake George Park Commission’s mandatory inspection program for boats and trailers will begin. This week, the Park Commission began training the inspectors that will be working to prevent invasive species from entering the lake.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Park Commission executive director David Wick about the training and the inspection program.

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New York News
3:56 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Saratoga Springs' Oversight Of Racino Expansion Diminished

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Now that a full-size casino is off the table, local government could have less of a hand in the oversight of a planned expansion at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Reporting this week revealed that the City of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County were not listed as involved agencies in an environmental assessment form filed by the Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

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New York News
5:30 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Saratoga Springs Supervisor Matthew Veitch Presents On History Of Spa City Convention Industry

Saratoga Springs supervisor Matthew Veitch shows a photo of Convention Hall
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

From its eponymous waters to horse racing, Saratoga Springs has been a destination for centuries. County Supervisor Matthew Veitch delivered a presentation Wednesday on the story of Saratoga Springs’ convention industry from the 19th Century to today.

At the Saratoga Springs City Center, supervisor Matthew Veitch delivered a presentation to residents on the history of the Spa City’s convention industry.

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New York News
12:03 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Energy Cost Savings Allow Ticonderoga Mill To Retain Jobs, Invest $100 Million

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

The Cuomo administration has announced that a state program that provides low-cost power to businesses will help support $100 million in investment at a Ticonderoga paper mill.

Officials gathered Wednesday at International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill to announce that energy supplied to the mill through the ReCharge NY program will allow the mill to make new investments and retain workers.

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New York News
5:29 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Rep. Bill Owens Hosts Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Congressman Bill Owens of New York’s North Country held a telephone town hall meeting with constituents last. 

Congressman Owens opened his latest town hall meeting by providing an update on what he’s been working on lately with his colleagues in Washington and the district. The Democrat, who is retiring after this term, said much of his work currently has been focused on federal budget negotiations.

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New York News
1:23 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Albany Law School Prof. Offers Thoughts On Legal Battle For Gloversville Chimp

Credit Chad Kainz, flickr

An article recently published in The New York Times Magazine brought national attention to the

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New York News
1:39 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

New Documentary Chronicles Resistance To Attempted Neo-Nazi March

A documentary film chronicling the events of an attempted neo-Nazi march in the 1970's through a Chicago suburb will air next week on Capital Region PBS station WMHT. The release of the film, which tells the story of Holocaust survivors becoming human rights activists, coincides with Holocaust Remembrance Month.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Secure $2.7 Million For Village Of Whitehall Sewer Upgrades

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New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced this week more than $2.7 million in funding to help a village in Washington County make upgrades to its faulty sewer system. 

The Democrats announced a $2 million grant and $740,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program for the Village of Whitehall. The Washington County village near the Vermont border will use the funding to make repairs and comply with environmental regulations.

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