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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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DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has taken action to prevent the LaFargeHolcim cement plant in Ravena from burning tire-derived fuel.

Smoke and flames from the crash south of Exit 12 on Wednesday
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Traffic ground to a halt for hours as three lanes of the Adirondack Northway in Saratoga County were shut down for the second time in less than a month Wednesday.

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Playlist as aired on Saturday, May 1st 2021: 

The former armory on Bannerman's Island
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Owned by New York state and maintained by the Bannerman Castle Trust, Bannerman’s Island is quite a sight for anyone riding the train past Beacon. There, on a 6.5-acre rocky island, stand the ruins of a Scottish castle in the Hudson Highlands. 

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Playlist as aired on WAMC Listening Party on Saturday, April 24th, 2021:

A "vote here" sign in English and Spanish on sidewalk
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The New York State Attorney General’s Office is among those asking the Rensselaer County Board pf Elections to provide additional early voting sites in the City of Troy. 

Heavy equipment was brought in by Albany Police to clear an encampment in front of South Station Thursday
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Albany Police cleared protestors from an encampment outside South Station Thursday afternoon in what became a tense scene. South End streets had been blocked off for several days following a clash between protestors and police April 14 that city officials labeled a riot.

South Station in Albany
Lucas Willard

With fencing in place around Albany police stations and protestors camped outside South Station for a sixth day, Mayor Kathy Sheehan would not say Thursday how long the demonstrators will be allowed to remain.

A render of the proposed E29 Labs cannabis production facility
Image provided to WAMC by Montgomery County Business Development Center

Officials are hoping the site of the former Beech-Nut baby food factory off New York State Thruway Exit 29 in Canajoharie will soon be home to another industry: cannabis production.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility on McCaffrey Street in Hoosick Falls
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has identified new permanent water sources for the Village of Hoosick Falls. 

DEC Researcher Chris Bowser holds a cup of glass eels and elvers
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For the 14th season, volunteers up and down the Hudson River estuary are searching creeks and streams for juvenile American eels. It’s part an effort coordinated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell University.

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WAMC Listening Party playlist as aired on Saturday, April 17th, 2021:

Photo from 2018 Caroga Lake Music Festival. Matthew Whitaker Quartet with Caroga Arts Ensemble at Sherman's Park.
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The Caroga Arts Collective is planning a return to in-person events this summer. The 2021 Caroga Lake Music Festival will run from July 24th to August 22nd and is planned to feature a wider variety of performances than years past.

Albany Protest 4-17
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Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched through Albany Saturday evening, returning to the city police department’s South Station, where on Wednesday officers clashed with protesters.

Periodical cicadas. John H. Ghent, USDA Forest Service,

There’s buzz in the world of bugs. Soon, billions of periodical cicadas will emerge from the ground after 17 years.

Reid Kisselback
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NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Reid Kisselback delivers his regional forecast for Saturday, April 17th, 2021. 

A small group of owners watches a horse leave the paddock at Saratoga Race Course
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The Belmont Park horse racing meet begins next week and, after a year without fans in the stands, some spectators will be allowed in. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has reaction from Saratoga Springs, where officials are hopeful for a more normal summer season.

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner and mayoral hopeful Robin Dalton speaks with supporters Wednesday
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An effort to establish a new non-partisan ballot line in Saratoga Springs city politics launched Wednesday.

Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton
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First-term Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Robin Dalton is entering the race for mayor.

An image of the Ingenuity helicopter on the Martian surface captured by NASA's Perseverance rover on April 8th, 2021

In 1903, the first successful powered flight was accomplished by the Wright brothers in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

118 years later, NASA is preparing for the first powered flight on another planet.

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WAMC Listening Party playlist as aired on Saturday, April 10th, 2021:

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Capital Region Congressman Paul Tonko held a telephone town hall Thursday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, participants were eager to ask their representative and experts about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Ron Kim speaks in Saratoga Springs
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Another candidate for mayor of Saratoga Springs has officially entered the race. And as he’s a veteran of city politics.

Heidi Owen West
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The race for mayor of Saratoga Springs is shaping up. Well-known city business owner Heidi Owen West will appear on the Republican line in the race to replace outgoing Democrat Meg Kelly.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks with Hoosick Falls residents
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hosted a roundtable discussion with community leaders and advocates Monday in Hoosick Falls where she provided details on new legislation intended to address PFAS contamination and require medical monitoring for those affected by pollution. 

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WAMC Listening Party playlist as aired on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021: 

Senator Chuck Schumer, Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair Rachel Seeber, and Glens Falls Mayor Dan Hall
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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer paid a visit to Glens Falls today to tout the benefits of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan stimulus package signed by President Biden.

The marquee outside the Spectrum 8 in Albany on Wednesday
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Albany movie buffs will be able to catch up on their Oscar shortlist today, as the Spectrum 8 Theater on Delaware Avenue is reopening after a year-long shutdown. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a sneak preview as the arthouse theater came back to life.

Members of the Saratoga Springs City Council met Wednesday over Zoom
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In accordance with a state mandate, the Saratoga Springs city council adopted a police reform plan Wednesday night ahead of an April 1st deadline.

A slide from Tuesday night's presentation on the idea to relocate homes on Ingersoll Avenue to a neighboring parcel
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As the City of Schenectady continues to ponder ways to mitigate flooding in one riverfront neighborhood, one idea would move several homes out of the flood plain entirely.