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Fran is always in the eye of the Storm

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

BATTLEMENT MESA, Colo. Fran Storm walks into the White Buffalo Restaurant to a reception like shes Norm from Cheers.Everybody knows her name.And theyre glad she came.Let me tell you about Ms. Battlement Mesa, said Sher Long, of EnCana Oil & Gas, who was finishing lunch as Storm approached her table. Do you know this lady is like the Energizer Bunny?Storm is a self-described people person. She likes to listen and solve problems. Her job as events and group services coordinator at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center fits her like her size 8 Privo shoes.I love to be around people, she said. I would like to think the Center is the center of the community.Storm admits she is very protective of the Center, a place she has worked for 10 years. Her upbringing might have a little something to do with that.Im the oldest of a large family, she said. Im the matriarch of the seven.The Pennsylvania native was raised on a dairy farm in a small town outside of Philadelphia. In her family, the girls helped grow vegetables and flowers in the garden, while the boys did the dairy work.I was always helping with my brothers and sisters, Storm said. Im spontaneous, can you tell?Storms parents, married 60 years, were German Lutherans who didnt allow smoking or drinking in their home. She said her mother was always a role model.

She was the vocal one, and my father was the John Wayne-silent type, she said. My mother raised strong daughters. She was a libby before they burned bras.Outgoing since youth, Storm was a cheerleader in high school.With my big mouth, how could they pass me up, she joked.Storm said she was a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court, too.I was the designated hitman. If they wanted to take someone out, theyd put me in, she said. They think they do dirty basketball now, let me tell you about my girls basketball. Good night.Music has also been an influential part of Storms life. She took violin lessons as a kid, but didnt like that so much. So she pulled all the strings out of her bow.But Storms mother didnt give up on helping her oldest daughter develop an appreciation for the genre. She routinely made her listen to the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra symphony on Saturday afternoons. This time, the music stuck.I love classical music, she said. Thats a passion of mine. Thats all I listen to.When Storms two children who are now adults in their early 30s were small, she tried her hand at another string instrument.I took guitar for about three months at the local college, she said. I learned two songs By the Bay and Time in a Bottle.Like her mother, Storm has also always enjoyed a good read.My favorite book growing up was Little Women, and I was Jo, she said. I loved that book. I must have read it a hundred times. And the Bobsy Twins I loved them. I also had all of Charles Dickens books.Storm said after a days work at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center, she enjoys her alone time reading and listening to classical music.I like my privacy, believe it or not, she said. Im a people person, but I like to go home, take my shoes off and relax by myself.Until shes back at the Center or out and about around town.Where everybody knows her name.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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