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
5:47 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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New England News
5:11 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Southern Berkshire Regional School District Searches for New Superintendent

The Southern Berkshire Regional School District is beginning its search for a new superintendent, and is enlisting the help of an outside group to assist in the search. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports….

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New England News
3:17 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Hoosac Wind Project Nears Completion

A view of the Hoosac Wind Project
Michael Fairneny

A 19-turbine industrial wind farm is near completion in the Northern Berkshires, but according to nearby residents, some uncertainties about the project’s impact on the environment and health remain. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The Hoosac Wind Project, also known as the Bakke Mountain Wind Farm, could see all 19 standing wind turbines erected by the end of this week, according to spokesman from owner Iberdrola Renewables, Paul Copleman.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Mass. Magic Store Owner Makes Customer's Cash Disappear

The owner of a Massachusetts magic store has been sentenced to two years in prison for making more than $560,000 disappear from a longtime customer's credit card account. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Harry Levy of Lexington was also sentenced in federal court in Boston on Thursday to two years of probation and was ordered to pay full restitution.

Prosecutors say the 61-year-old Levy tried to cover up the fraud by lying to federal investigators and submitting false records to the grand jury.

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New England News
4:49 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

MA Senate Candidates Spar Over Jobs Numbers

A weak jobs report is providing fodder for Massachusetts’ contested U.S. Senate race, with each candidate using the numbers to fault their rival. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Republican Senator Scott Brown says the addition of just 96,000 jobs across the country in August shows the economy is weighed down by skyrocketing debt and the threat of tax hikes.

He says his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren would make the problem worse by pushing for higher taxes.

Warren faults Brown for voting against bills she says would have supported thousands of jobs in Massachusetts.

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