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Adams thrift shop prepares for its day in court to fight eviction

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ADAMS — As the operators of the Hearthstone Ministries Thrift Store prepare to fight their eviction in court today, they remain hopeful they will find a way to remain in their current location.

“We want to purchase the building,” said William A. Sampson, who runs the store with his wife, the Rev. Susan M. Sampson. “We want to stay here to help people.”

Mr. Sampson said Monday afternoon that he had just been informed by his attorney of a pair of options presented by the attorney for the building’s owner: Pay $180,000 for the space at 11 E. Church St., or give a time that they will vacate.

The store is owned by Peggy A. Brouty through her P.A.B. Enterprises.

Despite the Sampsons’ enthusiasm, the funding drive the store has taken up since it received an eviction notice in late April has had a relatively small impact in reaching its goal. Mr. Sampson said the store had raised $3,000 since that time, but its fund had dropped to about $1,000 because of expenses the store had incurred.

Though individual contributions and offers to volunteer have been flowing in, Mr. Sampson said, he has had no success in getting the area’s businesses to make contributions that would help the thrift shop begin to make payments for the building, even though it had set up an account at Northern Federal Credit Union to help facilitate tax-deductible donations.

Mr. Sampson said he was also hoping to negotiate the building price back down to about $105,000 that he said was offered near the start of this year. The store also will hold another fundraiser in its parking lot from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 17.

“We’re trying to do whatever we can,” Mr. Sampson said.

Mr. Sampson said he and his wife are remaining optimistic, regardless of the success of their court challenge and fundraising drive.

“We know God’s got it all under control,” Mr. Sampson said. “We’re not worrying. I know we should, but we really aren’t. It’s already been taken care of.”

The eviction case will be heard at 4 p.m. today in Adams Village Court at the village office, 3 S. Main St.

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