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Opal Habisch

"Grandma" Opal Habisch

Opal Habisch of Winsted has been telling stories to her children and grandchildren for 60 years. In the past few years, she has written them down and donated them to the county's libraries.

2000 Columns

Previous Columns

A family for the farmhouse, 11/6/00

A very special friend for Fred, 10/30/00

The search continues, 10/23/00

The message in the wooden box, 10/16/00

Spring is in the air at Fred's farm, 10/9/00

A frosty winter morning surprise, 10/2/00

Now we're cozy as a bug in a rug, 9/25/00

Pork chops are a powerful reminder, 9/18/00

Fixing up the farm, 9/11/00

Joe makes plans to share his space, 9/4/00

Clean feet lead to special privileges, 8/28/00

A tree for me, a tree of my very own, 8/21/00

A chicken yard is first on my list, 8/14/00

A new home in the country for Joe, 8/7/00

Fun-filled memories of the good ol' days, 7/31/00

The best home for the Wood Duck family, 7/24/00

Jesse, the basketball girl, 7/17/00

The boy who saved bread crusts, 7/10/00

4th of July years ago, 7/3/00

A long wait for a helper for father, 6/19/00

A ball in the yarn basket is not a good thing, 6/12/00

A wedding I'll always remember, 6/5/00

Chicken soup is a such fowl idea, 5/22/00

Wally the walleye, 5/8/00

A very deer friend comes to visit, 5/1/00

The perfect name for my baby sister, 4/17/00

An iceberg appears on Lake Ida, 4/10/00

Goodbye winter friends, hello spring, 4/3/00

Spot's troublesome misadventures, 3/27/00

Billy teaches Long Ears a lesson, 3/20/00

Every bunny's mother knows best, 3/13/00

A friend with a special place in my heart, 3/6/00

Beware the doctor's office - it's your life, 2/28/00

Surprise . . . it's Valentine's day, 2/14/00

Too close, too wet, too cold, too scary, 2/7/00

My daughter's furry summer visitor, 1/31/00

A round-about trip to New York City, 1/24/00

Spot's scent-sational new friend ,1/17/00

What will the 21st century bring?, 1/10/00

The beginning of a new millenium, 1/3/00

A whip, a crack, and a dip in the lake, 12/27/99

The night before the first Christmas, 12/20/99

A very special tree for our backyard, 12/13/99

The Indian who called himself Jesus, 12/6/99

A very special kitten for Snowball, 11/29/99

A time to be thankful, 11/22/99

Sunny, warm summer days in November, 11/15/99

Adam catches a very big fish, 11/8/99

Find trouble before she finds you, 11/1/99

A pumpkin's winning smile, 10/25/99

Blackie, our kittens' best friend, 10/18/99

A plan for fire safety begins at home, 10/11/99

A good life for Limpy, the goose, 10/4/99

A good home for a different kind of pet, 9/20/99

The little big suprise, 9/13/99

Water safety is 'beary' important, 9/6/99

Reading and 'sums' to start soon, 8/30/99

The rabbit who didn't listen, 8/23/99

Age is simply a state of mind, 8/16/99

The cats who cried wolf, 8/9/99

Sunnie learns an important lesson 8/2/99

Soar with the eagles, fly like a bird 7/26/99

Keep those rabbits out of the kitchen, 7/19/99

A fish named Pete, 7/12/99

A great way to celebrate a great day, 7/5/99

A friendship that was meant to be, 6/28/99

A snowstorm to remember, 6/21/99

My angel has horns, no halo, 6/14/99

Cake, candles, a party at the pool, 6/7/99

Fishermen out in bad weather - beware!, 5/31/99

Adopted by a deer ­ a story about Spot, 5/24/99

Helpful hints for making your bed, 5/17/99

The best place is your place, 5/10/99

A summer vacation to remember, 5/3/99

A limit of walleyes, 4/26/99

Rock-a-bye baby, a baby to love, 4/19/99

Goodbye snow, welcome spring, 4/12/99

A story of Easter rabbits, 4/5/99

Mr. Easter finds his way home to Mary, 3/29/99

Racing to a safe finish on the ice, 3/22/99

Fancy Dancer wins the big race, 3/15/99

A red coat is the only coat for me, 3/8/99

Look out: there's a baby in the house, 3/1/99

An extraordinary experience in NYC, 2/22/99

Big changes for a dog named Lady, 2/15/99

The right time to be my valentine, 2/8/99

To find a friend, be a friend 2/1/99

A 'weepie' snowman comes to stay, 1/25/99

Two bears too fun to forget, 1/18/99

Jim's first experience with snow, 1/11/99

A parrot named Jim, 1/4/99

The night that Christmas came, 12/28/98

A pot bellied Christmas gift, 12/21/98

A Santa of my very own, 12/14/98

Prancer looks for Winsted, 12/7/98

The night the lights went out, 11/30/98

The first Thanksgiving Day, 11/23/98

The love of a grandmother, 11/16/98

A fishy tale about true love, 11/9/98

A little worm learns to mind, 11/2/98

The day the roof fell in, 10/26/98

Let's have chicken, but don't fry the feathers, 10/19/98

The big oak tells a story, 10/12/98

A bird called 'Fancy Pants,' 10/5/98

Jim Bacon, the butcher's boy, 9/28/98

A special meal for a kid named Nancy, 9/21/98

The good old school days, 9/14/98

First day of school creates memories, 9/7/98

Smarter than the smartest monkey, 8/31/98

Lending a helping hand, 8/24/98

A different way of life in Africa, 8/17/98

No longer lonesome, 8/10/98

Remember the good old days, 8/3/98

A monkey learns a lesson, 7/27/98

A new home for April, 7/20/98

Stay away from striped cats, 7/13/98

A hug says 'I love you', 7/6/98

Up, up, and away like a bird, 6/29/98

Flying south makes good sense, 6/22/98

'Trouble' lives up to his name, 6/15/98

A stormy experience in the woods, 6/8/98

A kitten family learns who is important, 6/1/98

A four-legged friend named Dan, 5/25/98

Some things are worth waiting for, 5/18/98

Making friends with a very small mouse, 5/11/98

Fred, the potbelly pig, makes new friends, 5/4/98

Billie gets into big trouble, 4/27/98

Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit come for supper, 4/20/98

Mr. Easter finds his way home, 4/13/98

Last of the boys - number ten, 4/6/98

The rabbit with bright pink eyes, 3/30/98

City life leads to big changes, 3/30/98

An afternoon with Jumping Jack, 2/23/98

The first time I played in the snow, 2/16/98

Be my valentine, 2/9/98

Bye-bye, birdies, 2/2/98

The story of the deer, 1/26/98

Cold and wet, 1/19/98

Let's go skating, 1/12/98

A family with three A's, 1/5/98

Be Be goes shopping, 12/29/97

The night that Christmas came, 12/22/97

Just call me Pete, 12/15/97

Opal Habisch

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