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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When driving into downtown Glens Falls, it’s hard to miss the new residential and commercial buildings under construction. In the shadow of a multi-story mixed use building that is nearing completion, is what was once the center of downtown nightlife.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center has selected a new President and Executive Director. Elizabeth Sobol will step in this October after the conclusion of SPAC’s 2016 50th Anniversary Season.

After record-breaking heat in the first half of 2016, Arctic sea ice is trending low. For the last three decades, the ice has been disappearing at a dramatic rate. Changes in the Arctic can have global impacts on sea level and climate.

Authorities say a 56-year-old hiker died Friday after falling 100 feet near the Kaaterskill Creek in Greene County. The incident happened near Route 23A near the Hunter-Catskill line.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck made a few stops in the Capital Region this week.

SPAC revealed Elizabeth Sobol as the next President and CEO of the performing arts organization Thursday.

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On a sunny Thursday, EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck made a stop at Indian Ladder Farms beside the Helderberg hills in Altamont, New York.

Beginning Friday and continuing Saturday, the annual Kateri Takekwitha/Fonda Peace Conference will bring together a spectrum of speakers dedicated to promoting peace. The conference, now in its 18th year, will also feature a retreat day lead by a local imam and a Franciscan friar.

Maureen Aumand, an organizer of the event, spoke with WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard about what’s on the schedule this weekend.

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Last week, the group Sustainable Saratoga introduced a zoning amendment that would require new apartment developments to dedicate at least 20 percent of housing stock to “affordable” units.

Joining Saratoga County and the neighboring Town of Malta, Saratoga Springs approved a resolution Tuesday night to ask the State Department of Transportation to reconsider a proposal to close the Nelson Avenue Extension Bridge, which the agency calls costly to maintain.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Saturday directed assistance from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to the Buckeye Terminal at the Port of Rensselaer where 600 gallons of gasoline was spilled.

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A hiker was pronounced dead after an 8-hour rescue operation and 4-hour recovery search on Monument Mountain in Great Barrington.

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Seven people were brought to the hospital after severe thunderstorms hit the Pine Lake area of the Fulton County town of Caroga Saturday evening.

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Saratoga Springs has become a hotbed for development. Much of downtown’s development in recent years has been in the form of new high-end apartments and condos. One recent headline showed a condo in the heart of the city for sale for $5.5 million.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the NYRA Reorganization Board, chair Michael Del Guidice began by expressing his desire to bring the organization that has been under state control for the last several years back to a private non-profit in 2017.

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The backyard of the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion on Tuesday evening was jammed with racing fans. On a dark-day at Saratoga Race Course across the street, the show of opulence was here, with expensive cars being valet parked and a well-dressed crowd out back sipping drinks.

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Comedian and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg is known for her work on public radio as the host of NPR and WNYC’s Ask Me Another quiz show and is a frequent host of the Moth’s Story Slams in New York City.

Rachael Mattice, a Johnstown woman accused of falsely reporting her own abduction, a case that led to a costly two-week manhunt, has been charged with petit larceny for stealing prescription drugs.

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After recent underground water and sewage breakdowns throughout the Capital Region, Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko is renewing his call for passage of the AQUA Bill. The bill would provide $21 billion over five years for local infrastructure projects.

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The Troy Lock and Dam opened in 1916. Laborers who built the Panama Canal were contracted to build the dam designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Troy was awarded $972,000 in Federal aid through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SAFE grant program.

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The Hyde Collection, known for its old masters and historic buildings, received a major bequest of modern art and cash from Schenectady architect and art collector Werner Feibes.

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Johnstown Mayor Michael Julius died July 28th after serving the Fulton County city for two-and-a-half years. After a difficult week, on Wednesday there was applause at city hall after Cynthia Lakata was sworn in as interim mayor.

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Beside the famed Saratoga Race Course, the backstretch is always busy. Working for the trainers, grooms, blacksmiths, and others spend long days with the horses in between training rides and races. 

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Services have been announced for Johnstown Mayor Michael Julius, who died Thursday at age 66.

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In recent weeks, the account of former Emma Willard Student Kat Sullivan has gained national attention. As first reported in the New York Daily News, followed by the New York Times, Sullivan claims that while she was a student at the private school in 1998 she was bound, gagged, and raped by a soccer coach. The two had an intimate relationship at the time.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says 820 undersized lobsters were seized from Price Chopper’s Schenectady distribution center after an inspection Tuesday.

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Note: The Warren County Sheriff's office has corrected the age of the victim as 8, not 9, as initially announced.

On Monday evening, a boating crash claimed the life of  9-year-old Charlotte McCue of California. Her mother was also injured in the crash.

On Wednesday, Weitz & Luxenberg filed its suit on behalf of plaintiff James Donavan. The complaint alleges that exposure to the chemical PFOA, which was discovered in the village drinking water supply and private wells, has caused Donavan’s ulcerative colitis and other illnesses.

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The sewer leak into a tributary of the Mohawk River began Monday morning. A NY-Alert Wednesday afternoon says the untreated sewage, caused by a broken pipe, was flowing into the river at an estimated 50 gallons per minute.

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