Woman inspires neighbors to keep Christmas lights on until spring

With Christmas two weeks past, Lisa Ohmer recently found herself outside her Merion Village home finally hanging up her holiday lights.

January might be the time of year when most people are taking down their Christmas displays — not putting them up — but Ohmer had good reason for the belated festive decorating. Amid the uncertainties and anxieties of an unprecedented year, Ohmer never got around to hanging her lights prior to Christmas, as she typically does.

But as she was walking her dog the day after Christmas, she took a moment to revel in the splendid light displays that line the streets of her community. She then became sad to think that her neighbors might soon be dismantling the seasonal decorations.

An idea occurred to her: What if people were to simply leave their lights on display as a show of solidarity while the community weathers the coronavirus pandemic and, perhaps, as a sign of support for health-care workers?

“I was thinking of how cheerful it looked and how it would look when it’s gone, which is gray and gloomy,” said the 53-year-old Ohmer, a Realtor. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if people just kept them up for

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Love of gardening, sharing recipes leads to cookbooks, website for Quincy woman | Lifestyles

QUINCY — A retirement plan to start a hobby garden for sustainably-grown fruits and vegetables led to a second career for a Quincy woman — and reinforced her love of cooking.

Rebecca Bobier and her husband Dave retired in 2015, moving from South Dakota to Quincy to be closer to family, and started raising strawberries, organic blueberries, tomatoes and other crops.

“I started a little Facebook page just to let people know where we were selling our produce,” Bobier said. “We called ourselves the Farm Stand. It was a mobile operation. We’d pick, and then we’d go sell.”

A request for a recipe led Bobier to start posting seasonal favorites to go along with the produce available for sale, then someone asked her how to make homemade noodles.

“I told Dave about it and said I’m not sure I can just tell her and she’d be able to do it,” Bobier said. “He said let’s just make a video, put it on the page and she can watch it. That was our very first video.”

Before long, the Facebook followers asked for a cookbook, and Bobier compiled right at 100 of her family favorites.

Now six cookbooks — with a

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