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
5:46 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Massachusetts Governor Approves Updates to Community Preservation Act

The Governor of Massachusetts has signed an overhaul of the Community Preservation Act, which provides state funding to towns that have adopted the law for open spaces, historic preservation, and affordable housing. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

The changes to the 12-year old Community Preservation Act signed by Governor Deval Patrick this month were included in the state’s fiscal year 2013 budget, signed on July 8th.

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New England News
11:00 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

German U-Bout Found Sunk off Massachusetts Coast

Divers have discovered a World War II-era German submarine nearly 70 years after it sank under withering U.S. attack in deep waters off the coast of Massachusetts.

The U-550 was found on Monday by a seven-man group, some of whom have been searching for the lost U-boat for several years.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Berkshire Projects Secured in Transportation Bond Bill

A section of Route 8 in the Berkshires washed out by Tropical Storm Irene.
Patrick Donges/WAMC

This week the Massachusetts Senate passed a transportation bond bill designed to fund a slew of long-term , major transportation projects but time is running out before it can be approved by the Governor. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The bill titled An Act Financing Improvements to the Commonwealth’s Transportation System  was approved by the Senate this week to provide nearly 1.4 billion in state and federal aid to infrastructure projects across Massachusetts.

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New England News
4:29 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Equine Encephalitis Virus Found in Pittsfield Mosquito

The Massachusetts  Department of Public Health confirmed Friday that they discovered evidence of more mosquitos carrying infectious disease in Pittsfield. 

State health officials announced that Equine Encephalitis virus was detected in a specimen sampled from the Williams Street area of Pittsfield. The city has announced that they will treat the area with insecticide.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is warning that those under 15 and over 50 are at the greatest risk for serious illness.

New England News
4:20 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Murray Stops in Pittsfield on Tour of "Creative Economy"

Massachusetts Lt. Governor Timothy Murray toured Western Massachusetts yesterday, stopping in Springfield and Pittsfield to highlight the creative economy. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
5:49 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Symposium Gathers Data on Opinion of Wind Power in Berkshires

A group of residents from Berkshire and Franklin Counties in Western Massachusetts are attending a day-long symposium on wind energy as part of a federally sponsored research project. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The eight-hour Western Massachusetts Wind Energy Symposium on the campus of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams is a national study being executed by staff from Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota. The project is coordinated by Roopali Phadke, an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Macalaster.

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New England News
5:06 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

MA House Passes Foreclosure Prevention Compromise Bill

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The Massachusetts House of Representatives has passed a compromise bill designed to prevent unnecessary home foreclosures in the state by forcing modifications for certain mortgage loans. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

State representatives voted unanimously in favor of the conference committee's compromise bill Wednesday. It now heads to the Senate, which is expected to vote on the proposal during its Thursday session.

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New England News
6:13 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Connecticut Officials Planning Emergency Drill

Connecticut officials are planning an emergency preparedness drill to try to improve communication between utility companies and state and local governments.

The four-day, statewide exercise begins Saturday and is designed to simulate an emergency resulting from a Category 3 hurricane.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said Tuesday that the goal is to spare residents the frustration they endured during the prolonged power outages following a snow storm last October.

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New England News
6:05 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Massachusetts District Attorneys Criticize Governor's Remarks on Bill

Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless
Mass.gov

Six District Attorneys in the State of Massachusetts have sent a letter to Governor Deval Patrick in response to remarks he made about the anti-crime bill in a recent television interview. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless joined 5 other District Attorney’s across Massachusetts in signing a letter to Governor Deval Patrick criticizing him about his comment that the state’s prosecutors are “gaming” the system to put non-violent drug offenders in jail. Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless…

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New England News
5:57 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

MA Advocates Submit Signatures For Ballot Question to Reform Campaign Finance Laws

A coalition of advocates in Massachusetts are submitting signatures for a November ballot initiative today with a goal of eliminating corporate spending in elections. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more….

Davio Danielson spoke to WAMC today on his way to Boston to deliver a box of signatures…

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