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
4:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Dalton Company Expands with Purchase of Southern Maine Rival

A large employer in Berkshire County has recently announced they are expanding and planning to bring more jobs to the area, with an agreement to purchase a stationery company based in Southern Maine. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Crane & Co., a manufacturer of stationery, announced Thursday that they had reached a deal with Hallmark Cards, Inc. to acquire subsidiary William Arthur, based in Kennebunk, ME. Crane which operates a manufacturing facility in North Adams, said that with the acquisition they are likely to add 100 jobs to the small city.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Patrick-Murray Administration Declares November Family Literacy Month in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and his administration have designated November as Family Literacy Month. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard brings us more details about what’s happening to help children and families become more engaged in reading in the Berkshires and across the Commonwealth.

November of 2012 has been recognized by Governor Patrick’s administration as the 16th Family Literacy Month. Throughout the month, cities and towns across Massachusetts will be holding events and hosting activities to engage parents and encourage early learning.

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New England News
1:10 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Berkshire Candidates Debate for Seat in Mass. Legislature

The two candidates competing for a seat in the Massachusetts legislature’s 4th Berkshire District squared off in a debate Wednesday evening. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended the event and filed a report…

Last night, the Berkshire Beacon sponsored a debate between current  4th Berkshire District Representative democrat William “Smitty” Pignatelli and Green-Rainbow party challenger L. Scott Laugenour at the Lenox Town Library. The candidates discussed environmental policy, taxation, health care, education, and more.

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New England News
12:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Gov. Patrick Announces Fiscal Surplus in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's administration says the state ended the last fiscal year with a $116 million surplus.

The extra money will be deposited into the state's Stabilization Fund, commonly known as the "rainy day" fund.

The deposit brings the fund's current balance to $1.65 billion, which officials say gives Massachusetts the third highest reserve fund balance in the nation behind Texas and Alaska.

State Treasurer Steven Grossman says the state's strong fiscal management has allowed it to benefit from lower borrowing rates than most other states.

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New England News
12:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Massachusetts Gov. Seeking Millions to Cover Costs from Drug Lab Scandal

The Governor of Massachusetts is seeking $30 million to cover the initial costs resulting from the testing scandal at a state drug lab. 

The governor's top budget official, Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez, said an appropriations bill would be filed with the Legislature on Thursday requesting the money.

Gonzalez says he expects the $30 million to cover costs for at least the next several months for courts, prosecutors, public defenders and other agencies that are dealing with the fallout from the drug lab crisis.

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New England News
12:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Drug Company to Recall All Products After Outbreak

A company with the same founders as the specialty pharmacy linked to deadly meningitis outbreak says it's recalling all its products.

In a statement Wednesday, Ameridose said the voluntary recall comes after FDA officials told the company it must improve its sterility testing. The Westborough company says it has no reports of problems with its products, or any impurities, but issued the recall "out of an abundance of caution."

The company did not say how many products it is recalling.

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New England News
12:40 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Organizations Unite to Prevent Child Abuse in Berkshires

A coalition of community organizations in Berkshire County are joining together to create a united front against child abuse. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

According to most recent statistics from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, over 77,000 reports of child abuse were reported annually in the Commonwealth.  In those same statistics, Pittsfield, and North Adams were rated as communities with a higher occurrence of abuse.

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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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