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
5:06 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

MA House Passes Foreclosure Prevention Compromise Bill

WAMC

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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WAMC News
6:03 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Hannaford Warns Against Salmonella in Beef

Hannaford Supermarkets is alerting consumers that Cargill Beef is voluntarily recalling 29,339 pounds of ground beef that may contain salmonella.

The 85-percent-lean ground beef was produced at Cargill's plant in Wyalusing, Pa., on May 25, and repackaged for sale to consumers by customers of the Maine-based grocery chain.

Cargill President John Keating says in a statement, "Food borne illnesses are unfortunate and we are sorry for anyone who became sick from eating ground beef we may have produced."

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New England News
5:51 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Northern Berkshire County Non-Profits Share $31k in Grants

An endowment of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation , the Robert and James Hardman Fund, awarded grants to 18 separate non-profits in Northern Berkshire County. The money supports a variety of community initiatives including non-profits in the arts & culture, health, human and social services, environmental advocacy, and others.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Bennington Denied FEMA Funding for Irene Cleanup Project

Hurricane Irene Approaches the Outer Banks
Courtesy NOAA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has rejected a request from Bennington, Vermont for reimbursement to cover the costs of repairs to damages associated with last year’s Tropical Storm Irene. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

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New England News
5:43 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Connecticut

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

Connecticut officials say a beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S. has been found in the state for the first time.

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Friday that the emerald ash borer was found in Prospect on Monday by experiment station staff members. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the identification.

State officials also suspect an infestation in Naugatuck State Forest, but that hasn't been confirmed.

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New England News
5:38 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Public Meeting on Pittsfield Methadone Clinic Set for July 23rd

As part of an ongoing process to find a place for an opioid addiction treatment center in Pittsfield, an informational public meeting will be held early next week. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard tells what city residents should expect.

After a second failed attempt by Worcester-based Spectrum Health Services to find a suitable location for methadone clinic in Pittsfield without public input, the City of Pittsfield announced this week that an informational meeting for town residents will be held next week.

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New England News
3:49 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Berkshire County Man to Open Holocaust Museum

A Berkshire County man is planning to open a Holocaust Museum in North Adams within the next several weeks. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief reports…

Darrell P. English says he has been collecting antiques and World War 2 memorabilia since he was a kid. But in recent years, he’s had a growing interest in searching out items and artifacts from the holocaust.

The North Adams resident says that over the years he’s collected over 10,000 World War II pieces.

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