SOMERS, N.Y. -- When Lisa Andrade heard about the Rembrandt Charms monthly short story contest, she quickly composed a few paragraphs about her love for her husband. In keeping with the story protocol, she worked in 10 references to Rembrandt Charms.
Soon after, Andrade was notified by email that she was runner-up in the national contest.
Surprised? I was totally thrilled, Andrade said.
The award, a sterling silver bracelet with a Rembrandt charm, could be chosen at the retailer of her choice.
As a 26-year resident of Somers, there was no choice to be made. Andrade headed for The Mexican Shack , a 37-year-old Somers institution.
I remember the little shack before they moved, Andrade said. I used to go there with my mother. She was a turquoise fanatic and now I love turquoise myself.
Shack owner Steven Delzio said that they were thrilled to have their store chosen by Andrade.
The excitement Lisa brought to us when she picked up the bracelet was rewarding in itself, Delzio said. The Mexican Shack also presented Andrade with its own gift certificate.
In addition to writing both prose and poetry, Andrade worked for many years as a kennel assistant at the Putnam Humane Society. Her latest book, Sugary Snippets, is a collection of poetry. One of the poems is dedicated to the Putnam Humane Society.
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