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
5:42 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Berkshire Legislators Urge Restraint on Spending Surplus

State lawmakers in Berkshire County are asking Massachusetts to hold onto its recently announced fiscal surplus, to use only in case of emergency. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

State financial officials announced last week that the Commonwealth is facing a $116 million surplus in last year’s FY 2012 budget. When desposited into the state’s so-called “Rainy Day Fund”, it brings that amount to over 1.6 billion dollars. That makes Massachusetts a state with one of the largest cash reserves in the country, only behind Texas and Alaska.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Shaw's Supermarkets to Cut 700 Jobs

Supervalu is cutting 700 positions at grocery stores at a subsidiary in New England, two weeks after it posted a loss for the second quarter and said it was considering selling the company.

The company says the job cuts will take place at 169 Shaw's and Star Market stores. Shaw's, with about 17,000 staffers, is one of the oldest supermarkets in the U.S., dating back to the 1860s.

Supervalu, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, fired its CEO in July after closing stores and suspending its dividend.

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New England News
4:48 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Ameridose Agrees to Extend Closure

A company with the same founders as a specialty pharmacy tied to a deadly meningitis outbreak has agreed to extend its voluntary closure until Nov. 19.

Ameridose shut down for inspection Oct. 10 amid a growing outbreak linked to a tainted steroid made by the New England Compounding Center. Ameridose and NECC have the same founders, Barry Cadden and Greg Conigliaro, though Cadden has since resigned from Ameridose.

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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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