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
4:58 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

North Adams Volunteers Form Group to Help Veterans and Families

Volunteers in North Adams, Massachusetts, have begun a new program to offer help for the family members of service members suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Rebecca Litchfield is a volunteer at North Adams’ veterans service office, and through her work, she says she’s  noticed a lack of support for the families of returning veterans.

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

MA Health Officials Confirm More Cases of Mosquito-borne Illness

State health officials are confirming a fourth case of Eastern equine encephalitis in Massachusetts.

The Department of Health said Thursday the Plymouth County man in his 60s is hospitalized.

Officials also announced a 14th case of West Nile virus, in a Hampden County man in his 50s who has been discharged from a hospital.

Both illnesses are carried by mosquitoes.

A Worcester County man in his 70s died of EEE last month.

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

Mass. Woman Claims Brother Was Among Americans Killed in Libya Attack

A Massachusetts woman says her brother was among the Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

Kate Quigley said in a statement Thursday that Glen Doherty "lived his life to the fullest." Quigley spoke outside her mother's home in Woburn, north of Boston. She asked for privacy while the family grieved "our American hero."

Three Americans were killed at the consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday along with U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The State Department has not publicly released all their names.

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

Mass. Coalition Targets Amazon in Push for Tax Fairness

A coalition of elected officials, business owners, and associations in Massachusetts is pushing for online retailers to begin paying the state’s sales tax before the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012 begins. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
5:47 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

VT Vets Home Could Lose Federal Funding

The Vermont Veterans Home located in Bennington is facing millions of dollars in federal funding cuts if changes are not made to remedy certain deficiencies. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
8:00 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

CT Officials Confirm West Nile Virus in Horses

Connecticut agriculture officials have reported the year's first domestic animal cases of West Nile virus. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that a 4-year-old horse from Southbury showed symptoms of lethargy and stumbling on its front feet in late August. The horse developed a fever and became progressively more depressed and uncoordinated.

A blood sample was found positive for the virus. The horse was treated and is recovering.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Southern Berkshires Still Without Adult Basic Education Program

Months after an adult learning center was shut down in Berkshire County after being denied funding by Massachusetts education officials, the Southern portion of the county is still without a program to provide for the area’s education needs. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
6:07 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Invasive Emerald Ash Borer Found in Berkshires

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

In the Berkshire County town of Dalton, state officials announced the first confirmed detection of an invasive insect in Massachusetts. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the state Department of Agricultural Resources announced in Dalton that the Emerald ash borer has been detected in the Commonwealth. DCR Commissioner Ed Lambert…

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New England News
5:06 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Franklin County, MA Register of Deeds Cleans Out Desk

Joseph Gochinksi, Franklin County Register of Deeds

The Franklin County Register of Deeds has cleaned out his office and hasn't shown up for work since he lost last week's re-election bid, but says he's just taking vacation. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Joseph Gochinski cleaned out his office over the weekend without telling anyone and no one has seen him at work since. The one-term Democrat lost Thursday's primary to Scott Cote.

Cathy Winseck, deputy assistant register, tells The Recorder of Greenfield she and other staff found his office cleaned out when they came in Monday.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

New London, CT Runs Risk of Bankruptcy

The finance director of New London, Connecticut says the city could run out of money in the coming year because it has no financial cushion. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

According to The Day of New London, Finance Director Jeffrey Smith says no department may overspend its budget and New London must collect all the revenue it expects in the current budget year that ends next June.

New London has $312,000 in its fund balance.

Smith says city departments had overspent the budget and the city collected less revenue than it estimated.

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