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
5:56 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

MA Dems Try to Link Sen. Scott Brown to Paul Ryan

Massachusetts Democrats are trying to tie Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown to Mitt Romney's hand-picked running mate, conservative Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan.  Lucas Willard has more…

Democrats are banking that Ryan's budget proposals, including his plans to transform Medicare into a voucher system and re-shape the nation's tax system, could undermine support for Brown and other Massachusetts Republicans, including congressional hopeful Richard Tisei.

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New England News
5:39 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Massachusetts Republicans Cry Foul Over Voter Registration Mailings

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The Massachusetts Republican Party has filed a series of public information requests to investigate the state’s mailings of voter registration forms to welfare recipients – a move the GOP claims is politically motivated. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

The Massachusetts Republican Party says that when the state settled in a lawsuit, brought on by a political advocacy group, it was part of an insider move to strengthen support for Democratic Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren. Tim Buckley of the Mass GOP…

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New England News
5:57 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Williamstown Town Manager: Spruces Lawsuit Dropped

Owners of a mobile home park in Williamstown, Massachusetts that was heavily damaged in Tropical Storm Irene last year have agreed to drop a lawsuit against the town. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

According to Williamstown Town Manager Peter Fohlin, the owners of the Spruces Mobile Home Park Morgan Management have dropped a Motion of Injunctive Relief against the town.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Doctors Harder to Find in Western Mass.

A new report released by the Massachusetts Medical Society shows that rural areas of the Commonwealth, including parts of Western Massachusetts, are lagging behind in patient access to care. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
3:30 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Berkshire Towns Latest in Massachusetts' Green Communities Program

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Great Barrington and Richmond are two of the latest cities and towns in Massachusetts to be designated Green Communities by Governor Deval Patrick’s administration. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended the designation event and filed a report…

The Green Communities program recognizes cities and towns that promote renewable energy and have cut their energy use by 20% over five years. In this latest round of designations, 17 new cities and towns are eligible for 2.75 million in competitive state grants to fund local green energy projects.

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New England News
5:01 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Massachusetts Governor Approves Sales Tax Holiday

Massachusetts shoppers will be able to purchase certain items free of sales tax this upcoming weekend, as Gov. Deval Patrick has given final approval to economic development legislation.

The bill that Patrick signed into law on Tuesday aims to spur economic development and job creation in the state. It also includes the provision for a two-day sales tax holiday Aug. 11-12 for certain purchases under $2,500.

New England News
4:39 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Task Force: Gun Violence in Hartford Drops

Officials from Connecticut and the City of Hartford say gun-involved murders in the capital city are down 42 percent and nonfatal shootings have dropped 29 percent since an anti-gun violence task force was formed just over a year ago. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, acting Police Chief James Rovella and state prosecutors announced the results of the Shooting Task Force's first year of work on Tuesday. The group includes police officers from Hartford and surrounding towns, state police, prosecutors, prison officials and parole officials.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Berkshire Dam is Removed While Dam Repair Bill Fails

Town officials in the Berkshire County town of Cheshire report that work is underway on a project to restore a local dam, while a bill that expand state protection of dams in Massachusetts failed to pass the state’s legislature.

According to the Berkshire Eagle, town officials in Cheshire, Massachusetts say that work to restore the Thunder Brook Dam is near completion, and should be finished in the coming days. The project is being funded in part with a $75,000 public grant from Massachusetts Environmental Trust. The next phase of the project will replace a culvert.

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New England News
6:04 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Bill Would Reform Massachusetts' Troubled Youth Guidance Laws

Lawmakers have approved a bill that would overhaul Massachusetts’ system of case laws for troubled youth.

The bill, recently passed by lawmakers, would make big changes to the Children in Need of Services system – or CHINS system. Under current law, which is similar to a contract, a child issued to the CHINS system by a judge is required to meet specific guidelines to solve problems. Depending on the case, a troubled youth could receive counseling, educational guidance, or other human services, including being placed in a foster home.  

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Massachusetts DPU Approves National Grid Pilot Program

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has approved National Grid's Smart Grid pilot program, which will test new technologies aimed at reducing outages and integrating renewable energy.

State officials announced their approval of the two-year pilot program Friday. Rick Sullivan, the state's Energy and Environmental Affairs secretary, said the program marks an "important step" toward the future of energy in Massachusetts.

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