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
8:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Arizona School Backs Off Deal for Free Mass. Campus

An Arizona college has backed out a deal for a free 217-acre campus in Massachusetts, citing tens of millions in unanticipated costs.

Grand Canyon University informed the Oklahoma-based owners of the Northfield campus last week, five weeks after they were named the recipient after an extensive search.

The for-profit Christian college had planned to eventually host 5,000 students at the former campus of the Northfield Mount Hermon School, founded by 19th century evangelist D.L. Moody.

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New England News
4:19 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Knocks Out Power in Vermont and Massachusetts

Hurricane Sandy lashed out in Massachusetts and Southern Vermont causing tens of thousands to lose power, with many still waiting for their electricity to come back on. But less severe weather today is enabling crews to continue their work. WAMC”s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

In Western Massachusetts, Hurricane Sandy caused wide-spread power outages, mostly as a result of high winds. In some of the hilltowns and in the Berkshires wind gusts exceeded 60 miles per hour. Some communities are still mostly without power.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Malloy says Conn. better prepared for storm

Credit NOAA

Governor Dannel Malloy says Connecticut is in a better prepared for Hurricane Sandy than it was last year when the state was hit by the remnants of Hurricane Irene, which knocked out power to residents for days.

Malloy met Friday with representatives from the electric, cable and communications utilities to discuss their preparations. Electricity line crews are already making their way to the state.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Gov. Patrick Announces Commonwealth's Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

Governor Patrick joins Lieutenant Governor Murray and cabinet members to hold a press availability to discuss storm preparations at the State House.
Credit Eric Haynes / Governor's Office

As Hurricane Sandy approaches Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials held an announcement this afternoon to update the public on how the Commonwealth will work to help handle recovery and response during the storm. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
12:29 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Massachusetts Prepares for Sandy

Credit NOAA

In Massachusetts people are preparing themselves for the storm by making sure they have the necessary emergency supplies. Bart Raser, Owner of Carr Hardware, which has locations throughout Berkshire County, says it’s a busy week with customers stopping in to pick anything they’ll need for Sandy’s arrival.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Mass. Home Sales Remain Healthy

Two organizations that track the Massachusetts real estate market say sales of single family homes remained healthy in September in part because of stabilized prices.

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors reported Thursday that sales were up nearly 3 percent from the same month last year, the 15th month of year-over-year increases.

The Warren Group reported an 8 percent increase in sales.

The organizations use different figures in their calculations.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Gov. Malloy Launches Jobs Program in Connecticut

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is launching a key component of last year's bipartisan jobs legislation that attempts to help entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground.

The Democrat said Thursday that four "hubs" have been approved for Hartford, Stamford, New Haven and Storrs, where participants are provided with everything from financial, professional and mentoring resources to a collaborative workspace.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Grants Help Massachusetts Farmers Save Energy

Recently, the Governor of Massachusetts announced 27 grants to benefit farmers across the Commonwealth, to assist in improving energy efficiency, and to implement renewable energy systems. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The grants totaling $325,000 are part of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ Agriculture Energy Grant Program. In the fifth year of the grant program, 27 farms from the Berkshires to Nantucket were awarded funding to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.

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New England News
6:02 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

State Funding Helps Berkshire County Town Connect to Broadband

Many small communities in Western Massachusetts are still without access to high-speed internet. But today, one small Berkshire town is linking up and will be able to provide its residents and town government with broadband service. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Massachusetts Officials Give Update on Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

Yesterday, Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick and the state Department of Public Health released more details of their investigation into the compounding pharmacy at the heart of a meningitis outbreak that has sickened more than 300 people.  WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Since injectable steroids manufactured and distributed by New England Compound Center in Framingham Massachusetts were discovered to be the cause of an outbreak of fungal meningitis, the Commonwealth has launched an investigation with Federal officials on the incident.

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