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
5:53 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Report Looks at Massachusetts Criminal Background Reform

The report, titled “The Continuing Challenge of CORI Reform”, sponsored by the Boston Foundation and the Crime and Justice Institute at Community Resources for Justice, aimed to gauge if a key provision in recent reforms to the Criminal Offender Record Information System have been effective.

Project Coordinator Len Engel, of the Crime and Justice Institute, said that the Boston Foundation approached CRJ with a simple question in mind.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Community Corner: Mass. 1st Congressional District Candidate Andrea Nuciforo, Jr.

In the second of a series of interviews with democratic candidates in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with former state senator Andrea Nuciforo, Jr.

Nuciforo is running against writer and activist Bill Shein, and Congressman Richard Neal, in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District

New England News
6:14 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Community Corner: Ellen Kennedy of Berkshire Community College

The Board of Trustees at Berkshire Community College unanimously voted to appoint interim president Ellen Kennedy as the college’s 7th president. Ellen Kennedy took some time to speak with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard.

Kennedy’s appointment will still need to be approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

New England News
6:09 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Community Corner: Mass. 1st Congressional District Candidate Bill Shein

In the first of a series of interviews with democratic candidates in the race for Massachusetts’ First Congressional District, WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with candidate Bill Shein  a writer and activist from Alford.

New England News
7:52 am
Wed May 23, 2012

MA Towns Push against Citizens United

Nearly 60 Massachusetts cities and towns are urging Congress to pass a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

A total of 56 cities and towns from across the state have passed resolutions on the issue, with more expected to vote on similar resolutions in the coming weeks.

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New England News
6:56 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Connecticut requires back pay from security firm

The state of Connecticut is requiring a private security company hired to protect several office buildings to provide its guards back pay after a review showed the firm breached its contract with the state. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

In a letter to SOS Security Inc., obtained Monday by The Associated Press, Connecticut’s Department of Administrative Services said it wants the New Jersey company to provide a plan for rectifying the breach, including a complete payroll audit for all affected employees.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

VT School May Encourage Use of Cell Phones in Class

Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington is looking for ways to save money but provide the same access to information that their Middle School enjoys, access to laptop computer for every student.

Frank Barnes is the Director of Technology for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union. He’s helping develop an experiment to determine which technologies fit different styles of classroom learning.

The solution might just be to let students use a tool that many schools forbid in the classroom, their smartphone.

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New England News
3:01 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

US EPA Releases Housatonic River Status Report

A stretch of the Housatonic River undergoing remediation
Berkshire Environmental Action Team

The Housatonic River Status Report released by the US EPA last week comes after extensive meetings with the state governments of Massachusetts and Connecticut. The report outlines goals set by both states and the EPA, but no final cleanup plan has yet been identified.

PCB’s or polychlorinated biphenyls, are any of over 200 different believed to be cancer causing chemicals released into the Housatonic by General Electric in Pittsfield until the 1970s.

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New England News
4:59 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Pittsfield Gives OK to Ponterril Solar Project

Rock Point School Solar Array
WAMC

Pittsfield’s Zoning Board of Appeals gave unanimous approval to a 22 acre solar array on the former YMCA Camp at Ponterril. The $20 million project would sit on the 77-acre site overlooking Pontoosuc Lake, and generate three megawatts of electricity. The electricity would then be sold to the Western Massachusetts Electric Company.

Deanna Ruffer, Pittsfield’s Community Development Director, said that the project owned by Connecticut-based CTC electric, will be welcome as the city’s fourth solar project.

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New England News
8:19 am
Fri May 18, 2012

CT Unveils New Initiative to Help the Long-Term Unemployed

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy’s administration has revealed an outreach effort to help more than 12,000 long-term jobless workers receive social services and job training after losing extended unemployment insurance benefits. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

Less than an hour before the initiative was announced Thursday, the state Labor Department said the unemployment rate in April remained stuck at 7.7 percent.

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