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
10:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Lawyers File Appeal for Former Mass. House Speaker DiMasi

Lawyers for former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi say federal prosecutors failed to prove at trial that he agreed to accept payments in exchange for official acts. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

In a lengthy appeal filed on Tuesday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, DiMasi's legal team also argues that the eight-year prison sentence imposed on the Boston Democrat was "substantively unreasonable" and in effect punished him for the past crimes of other Massachusetts politicians.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Mass. Schools May Miss Out on Federal Funding

State education officials say most Massachusetts school districts are expected to miss a deadline to implement a new teacher evaluation system, putting federal funding in jeopardy. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has details…

Districts are required to approve the system that puts greater emphasis on student achievement by Sept. 1 or risk losing Race to the Top money.

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New England News
4:23 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Conn. Urban Schools Receive Reading Specialists

Five elementary schools in urban areas around Connecticut have been chosen for a program to boost the literacy of students from kindergarten through third grade. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

The education reform bill that passed earlier this year budgets money for each of the five schools to receive five reading specialists.

The chosen schools announced on Tuesday are in East Hartford, Hartford, Meriden, New Haven and Windham.

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New York News
3:39 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Community Corner: Steve Nelson of Wired West

As the Massachusetts Broadband Institute continues work on bringing fiber-optic broadband to community centers in Western Massachusetts, other groups are working to connect individual homes to high-speed internet. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Steve Nelson of Wired West.

New England News
6:02 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

More Misquitos Carrying Infectious Disease Found in Berkshires

Massachusetts officials are confirming more positive samples of mosquitos infected with transmittable diseases in the Berkshires. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

CT Sales Tax Holiday Begins on Sunday

It's back to school, and Connecticut is kicking off its annual sales tax holiday. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Beginning Sunday and ending Aug. 25, items of clothing and footwear costing less than $300 are exempt from the 6.35 percent state sales tax.

Sports equipment, specialty clothing, jewelry and accessories are not included.

The tax-free holiday covers items valued at more than $300 and discounted with sales, coupons and other promotions.

New England News
6:18 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Connecticut Officials Confirm Case of West Nile Virus

Connecticut officials say a New Haven resident has been infected with the first human case of West Nile virus in the state this year. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The State Mosquito Management Program says the person became ill during the first week of August and was hospitalized with a related case of meningitis. The patient who is in their 30s has since been released from the hospital.

Officials say mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in 40 towns across Connecticut his summer.

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New England News
6:11 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Community Corner: Judy Dumont, Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute

Today, local, state, and federal officials gathered in Pittsfield to mark the launch of a new web service developed to serve Massachusetts veterans search for benefits programs. WAMC’s Lucas Willard spoke with director of the Massachusetts Broadband Insitute, Judy Dumont, about the development of the web portal.

The MassVets Adivsor website is available online at www.massvetsadvisor.org

New England News
1:52 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Pittsfield Settles In Methadone Clinic Lawsuit

The City of Pittsfield announced that the lawsuit was reported settled in Federal Court earlier this week. As part of the agreement, Worcester-based Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. will open a methadone treatment center, used for treating heroin and other opioid addiction, in downtown Pittsfield.

Spectrum sued the City last year after previous Mayor James Ruberto refused to grant the organization a building permit for their original proposed downtown location. Spectrum claimed that the City’s refusal was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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New England News
5:02 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Workers Displaced After Western Mass. Farm Camp Closure

The owners of a western Massachusetts bean sprout farm are in trouble again for allegedly allowing their workers to live in substandard homes.

Twenty-two workers and their families were forced to find new homes last week after state and local health officials condemned and closed farm camps in Whately and Deerfield.

The state Public Health Department has sued Sidney Chang, Rose C. Chang and Tso-Cheng Chang of the Chang Family Trust for failing to meet sanitary and housing code.

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