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Russ Wins $1,000 in Heritage of Green Hills Writing Contest

By Heritage of Green Hills

Russ Wins $1,000 in Heritage of Green Hills Writing Contest

Tanya Russ, a resident of The Heritage of Green Hills, received a $1,000 check from Executive Director Doug Walther as a reward for winning the Heritage of Green Hills Writing Contest.

Russ’s short story, “Boots and Boats,” about the aftermath of the capsizing of a small boat in the Caribbean, began with an intriguing first line: “You drowned like this before, Miss?”

Pat Kostenbader and Paul Laincz, Russ’s fellow residents at the healthy life plan community in Shillington, Pa., wrote stories lauded as Honorable Mentions, in a field of more than 12 entrants.

The pieces were limited in length — two pages — but could be in any style, and non-fiction or fiction. “The stories were all so interesting,” says Marketing Director Sandy Shirk. “We have so much talent here!”

The contest’s judging panel included two professors and one student from Reading Area Community College and several readers from The Heritage of Green Hill’s owner, Lapis Advisors. Lapis proposed and sponsored the contest as a way to keep residents’ spirits up in this uncertain time.