State retreats on dump called ‘farm’

COPAKE—Salvatore Cascino’s “lengthy history of disregard for the laws and regulations, which directly affect public health and safety” are all part of the official response of the town delivered this week to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.

   The town was responding to a March 11 letter written by William Kimball, director of Agricultural Protection and Development at the department, who reviewed Mr. Cascino’s proposal to build several massive structures on his 300-acre property. The letter indicated the town could not interfere with Mr. Cascino’s plans because he has what the state calls “a farm operation.”

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Where to buy The Columbia Paper

BELOW ARE the stores that currently sell The Columbia Paper. More will be added in the future so check the list if you don’t see a store near you. If your favorite store doesn’t carry The Columbia Paper, ask the owner or manager to contact us and we will arrange for deliveries.

     We regret that we cannot yet offer subscriptions because the cost of mailing remains too high. But we do plan to offer that service as soon as possible.


Bagel Tyme-Hudson, 41 N. 7th Street, Hudson

Bagel Tyme-G’port, 389 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Bagel Tyme-K’hook, 1 Broad Street, Kinderhook

B&G Wine & Gourmet, 2633 Route 23, Hillsdale

Bucky’s Bagels, Valley Plaza, New Lebanon

Charron’s, 2 Church Street, Chatham

Chatham Food Co-Op, 15 Church Street, Chatham

Chatham Getty, 123 Hudson Avenue, Chatham

Cobble Pond Sunoco-Chatham, Chatham

Cobble Pond Sunoco-Hillsdale, 2690 State Hwy 23, Hillsdale

Copake Pharmacy, Main Street, Copake

Copake Sunoco, 1678 County Route 7a, Copake

Cornucopia Deli, 8039 Albany Post Rd (Rt 9), Red Hook

Country Squire Hardware, Route 20, New Lebanon

Cumberland Farms, 76 Main Street, Philmont

Cumberland Farms, Route 9 & 9j, Columbiaville

Cumberland Farms, 1046 Kinderhook Street, Valatie

Cumberland Farms, Maple Ave & Rt 4, Millerton

CVS, 160 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

CVS, 617 Warren Street, Hudson

CVS, 2982 Route 9, Valatie

Depot Deli, Route 344, Copake Falls

Germantown Sunoco, 4297 Rt 9g, Germantown

Greenport Convenience (Mobil), 505 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Hillsdale IGA, Route 23, Hillsdale

Hudson Convenience, Green Street, Hudson

Hudson Getty, 124 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Hudson Train, 69 South Front Street, Hudson

Lukoil (Lucky), 718 Columbia Street, Hudson

Johnnie’s Ideal, 352 Warren Street, Hudson

New Lebanon Supermarket, Route 20, New Lebanon

Niverville Meats/Deli, 122 Lake Street, Niverville

Old Chatham Country Store, 639 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham

Peck’s Market, E Church Street, Pine Plains

Pine Plains Pharmacy, 2965 Church Street, Pine Plains

Ritters, 43 South 3rd Street, Hudson

Smoker’s Choice, 160 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Smart Mart Foods, 67 Green Street, Hudson

Stewarts, 4294 Rt 9G, Germantown

Stewarts, 5805 Rt 9G, Hudson

Stewarts, 9248 Rt 22, Hillsdale

Stewarts, 13 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Stewarts, 61 Chatham Street, Kinderhook

Stewarts, 479 State Route 20, New Lebanon

Stewarts, 116 Main Street, Philmont

Stewarts, 7710 S. Main St Cor. 82/Railroad, Pine Plains

Stewarts, 2931 US Rt 9, Valatie

Tams, 163 Fairview Avenue, Hudson

Xtramart-Martindale, 1371 Rte 23, Craryville


Witnesses quote defendant from memory, not tapes, in murder retrial


HUDSON—An undercover State Police narcotics investigator who befriended Warren Powell told the court that the defendant instructed him about how to do away with someone he didn’t like.

     The investigator’s testimony Tuesday, April 14, followed by a day the testimony of a man now serving time in a Florida prison, who also attributed statements to Mr. Powell that implicate him in the murder of his wife on or about October 1, 1994.

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New jury finds Powell guilty of murdering his wife

Warren Powell is escorted into court earlier this week. He was again found guilty of murdering his wife in 1994. Photo by David Lee.

HUDSON—Warren Powell is guilty of second degree murder. Again.

     At 11 a.m., Friday, April 17, after about seven hours of deliberation, the jury of five men and seven women in Mr. Powell’s retrial in Columbia County Court found him guilty of slaying his wife, Mary Ann (Tasick) Powell, on or about October 1, 1994.

     The couple was living in Halfmoon, Saratoga County, at the time and Mrs. Powell, then 21, was six-months pregnant. Her decomposed body was discovered in the Hudson River May 25, 1996 by campers hiking near Gay’s Point in Stockport. She was strangled to death and stuffed in a hockey bag weighed down with rocks.

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Accused man testifies in murder retrial

HUDSON—The jury is now deliberating in the murder case against Warren Powell, after receiving instructions from County Judge Jonathan Nichols Thursday afternoon. But before the trial phase ended, jurors heard testimony from Mr. Powell.

     Warren and Mary Ann Powell were excitedly awaiting the birth of their first child, a son, when Mary Ann mysteriously disappeared—leaving Warren to wonder without a clue what had happened to her. That’s what happened according to the testimony Mr. Powell, 38, gave when he took the stand in his own defense during his retrial for the murder of his wife Wednesday, April 15 in Columbia County Court.

     A Valatie native, Mr. Powell is charged with second degree murder in the death of his wife on or about October 1, 1994. The couple was living in Halfmoon, Saratoga County, at the time and Mary Ann (Tasick) Powell, then 21, was six-months pregnant.

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