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
6:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Vermont Increases Oversight For Veterans Home in Bennington

The Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington will receive stricter state oversight, following a controversy earlier this year that nearly cost the home millions in federal funding. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Mass. Gov. Seeks New Gun Control Laws in Wake of Conn. Shooting

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is renewing pressure on state lawmakers to pass a bill placing further restrictions on access to guns in the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

Patrick's bill would restrict licensed gun owners to purchasing one firearm a month.

The bill would also clamp down on so-called "straw purchasers" who buy guns legally and then resell them to convicted felons and others barred from owning guns.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Berkshire County Schools React to Conn. Shooting

School superintendents in Western Massachusetts worked in their districts to welcome students back in their first day of school since the deadly attacks at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, and some are calling for a review of school security. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

Superintendent of Pittsfield Public Schools Dr. Gordon Noseworthy said that for students returning to their classes this morning, their first full school day after the events in Newtown, CT; it was another day at school.

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New England News
5:46 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Conn. Shooting Sparks Gun Control Debate in Mass.

The mass-shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut is sparking more conversation about public safety, treatment of mental illness, and gun control, and the argument remains how state and federal will governments approach the issue.

John Rosenthal is Founder and Chairman of Newton, Massachusetts-based Stop Handgun Violence. He says that the common thread between the crimes in Newtown and others in recent history remains unregulated access to weapons.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Former Clerk Charged with Stealing Thousands from City of Westfield, Mass.

A former clerk in the Westfield, Massachusetts collector's office has been charged with embezzling $110,000 from the city.

A formal complaint against Susan Duffy was filed in federal court yesterday. She is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of embezzlement and false income tax reporting.

She was hired by the city in April 2005 and fired in February 2011 when the alleged embezzlement was discovered.

The city hired an independent auditor, who confirmed the missing funds.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Company Seeking Springfield Casino License Submits Application Fees

A company that hopes to develop a casino in Springfield, Mass. says it has paid $650,000 in application fees to the city and state.

Penn National Gaming said in a statement Friday it had submitted a non-refundable, $400,000 application fee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that was required by Jan. 15 for the company to be considered for a casino license.

The Pennsylvania-based company said it also submitted a $250,000 fee required by the city of Springfield, which is conducting its own casino review process.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Conservationists Celebrate Completion of Berkshire Stream Restoration

The restoration site of the former dam on Thunder Brook
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Officials with the US fish and Wildlife service, the Massachusetts Dept of Fish and Game, stakeholders, conservationists, and others today came together in Cheshire to celebrate the completion of the Thunder Brook restoration project. Thunder Brook runs down Mount Greylock and feeds into the Hoosic River.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

RI Man Sentenced for Threatening CT Company

A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to six months in prison for threatening to bomb a Connecticut company.

Shaneel Jain of Cumberland was sentenced Thursday in Hartford federal court. He also received one year of supervised release and three months home confinement

A jury found Jain guilty in July of making a bomb threat against Wallingford-based Z-Medica Corp., which makes a medical agent that rapidly stops bleeding. A bomb was not found.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Massachusetts Gov. Announces Changes to Cabinet

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says four cabinet secretaries departing his administration all left on their own and would have been welcome to stay for the final two years of his term.

Patrick officially announced Thursday that Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, Public Safety Secretary Mary Beth Heffernan, Administration and Finance Secretary Jay Gonzalez and Education Secretary Paul Reville, will leave next month.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

State Officials Celebrate New HHS Center in North Adams

State officials from Massachusetts gathered to celebrate the opening of a consolidated Health and Human Services center in North Adams. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

An open house was held in downtown North Adams to mark the completion of the state’s fifth consolidated HHS Center – which combines several agencies under the umbrella of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services under one roof.

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