The Mount Washington Summit Road Company announces the return of Glen House Hotel

Half a century since the last Glen House stood on this site, the family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company, which has owned and operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, intends to have the fifth iteration of the hotel open by May 2018.

The 68-room hotel will be built on the west side of Route 16 in Green's Grant on a site owned by the summit road company, and will feature a pool, meeting room and restaurant. Half of the rooms will have balconies facing the Northern Presidential mountains and the Carter Moriah range. Aesthetically, the hotel will be built in classic New England vernacular, with clapboards, painted trim and signature chimneys, similar to the previous four Glen Houses that have stood on this site since 1852. According to a press release announcing the project, the design of the guestrooms is reflective of the simplicity of Shaker design while the public spaces embrace both the history of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and local Native American roots.

In line with the environmental stewardship of the Mount Washington Summit Road Company, the Glen House will be highly energy efficient and close to carbon neutral. The press release stated, "The company has proven to be a leader in applying innovative, green-energy practices to all aspects of its business, and the new Glen House will be no exception. A state-of-the-art geothermal system will provide heating and cooling for the hotel, and two offsite energy-generating projects will harness hydro and solar power."

The three-story hotel will serve guests visiting the Auto Road and taking advantage of the winter and summer offerings of Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, which offers hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and many outdoor programs in summer. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on 45 kilometers of classic and skate-groomed trails, snowshoeing, snow tubing and winter tours to treeline on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach.

Partnering with the Mount Washington Summit Road Company on this historic project is Martini Northern, a construction management company based in Portsmouth, BMA Architects from Amherst, and Stibler Associates, an interior design firm from Bedford.

Scheduled to break ground in the spring, the Glen House is anticipating an open date prior to Memorial Day 2018.

Glen HouseA conceptual drawing of the new Glen House Hotel. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Re/Max annouces Agents of the Month for January

BERLIN — Re/Max Northern Edge Realty congratulates their top agents of the month for January - Jennifer Stewart and Mark Danoski, congratulations to both of you for a job well done. Stop by the Re/Max office located on 232 Glen Avenue to say hello to Stewart, Danoski and the entire team at Re/Max Northern Edge Realty. Stewart can be reached directly at (603) 723-4215 and Danoski can be reached directly at (603) 723-4723. Re/Max Northern Edge realty is located at 232 Glen Avenue Berlin, for more information call (603) 752-0003 and find them online at www.teamner.com

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White Mountains Community College to expand welding programs

Building off of workforce partnerships and 100 percent job placement rate for graduates

BERLIN — After a decade of successfully training and placing students in welding positions at more than 30 Granite State organizations, the White Mountains Community College’s advanced welding programs will be expanding this year through a new associate in trades management degree offering in the fall of 2017. The new program will provide graduates with more training for leadership skills introduced in WMCC’s welding, advanced welding and industrial maintenance certificates.

The advanced welding programs offer an educational experience that is heavy on hands-on learning. As much as 90 percent of the instruction takes place in a lab. It also provides career preparation training to assist students with resumes, mock interviews, and networking opportunities with local companies to refine soft skills.

To date, 100 percent of its job-seeking students complete the program with a job waiting for them. Some companies hiring WMCC grads include the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Westinghouse Electric and Cianbro among others.

“Attitude and the desire to learn are major tenets of our program, so we focus on hands-on learning and the skills that will help the student excel in his or her career,” said Michael J. Pike, a Welding Technology instructor and the program’s coordinator at White Mountains Community College. “Because of the flexibility and stackability of our certificates and Associate degree structure, we see people of all ages and experience attracted to this program and the pathways to employment that it creates.”

That includes recent graduate Walter Luikey from Glen, who at 80 years young, completed a welding certificate and returned to work with the Eastern Millwright Regional Council’s New England Local Union #1121, one of WMCC’s welding program’s hallmark partners. Millwrights are precision craftsmen who install, upgrade, maintain, diagnose, and repair complex and intricate machinery for many industries. Continuously employed throughout his career, he took his updated skill set and past experience running his own business, to update his skills and further advance his career.

The base for WMCC’s program is the Advanced Welding Certificate, a full time, two semester program. Graduates learn the core applications of the welding trade, as well necessary safety, blueprint reading and other skills needed for employment in today’s welding industry. The certificate provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve certification in multiple processes by including test preparation as part of the course.

WMCC’s Pike helped launch the school’s Welding Technology degree and certificate programs 10 years ago, borne out of the State of New Hampshire’s desire to help workers who had been laid off and bolster the workforce for skilled manufacturing.

“The contractors I work for continuously recognize the value of tradesman with a welding background,” said Albert Marquis from Colebrook, who completed training at WMCC in August of 2015. “My experience in the WMCC Welding Program enabled me to secure more work as a millwright welder.”

But not all the work falls on students and instructors. WMCC’s welding program industry partners are active participants, frequently speaking to classes about what they look for in employees. This makes it easier to make connections within the industry while introducing students to job opportunities – Pike says students have had up to 11 different job offers waiting for them upon completion of the program.

To learn more about the program and how to enroll, visit wmcc.edu or contact Pike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Madame Xtina to open Tarot Room in Berlin

BERLIN — In need of some spiritual guidance, or curious where life might take you next?

Professional tarot-card reader Christina Lefebvre will hold the grand opening celebration of the Tarot Room on Pleasant Street in Berlin on Monday, Feb. 20. Lefebvre will offer a free one-card reading at the opening, along with champagne, chocolates and chance to will a full reading.

Lefebvre is a professional tarot-card reader who moved to Berlin a few years ago with her husband to pursue their dreams of living the best life, after years of corporate compromises. Her husband Brian enjoys skiing and together they own Thirteen Rentals, a property management company with short- and long-term rentals in the area.

After receiving a tarot deck from her mother for Christmas over 20 years ago, she quickly fell in love and felt drawn to the iconography and the storytelling element of the cards. After several revealing readings of friends and strangers, she knew she had discovered a talent: using the Tarot to help others.

Then came the transformation from Christina into Madame Xtina, professional tarot card reader.

Now, she is making the full-time leap to tarot reading as her full-time passion, doing readings throughout the week, and spending her weekends working on upcycling artworks. With her career change, she is excited to share her connection to the tarot with the Northern New Hampshire communities.

The Tarot Room is located at 273 Pleasant St., acoss from Andre Belanger, Studio Works Gallery. Lefebvre has been involved with local olistic fairs, taught local art classes, tarot card workshops, and done private party readings for two years, and is finally settling into a traditional storefront with plans to make available one-on-one online readings.

The Tarot Room was designed to be a private and safe place for all who come for a reading with private, street-level access. As she sages the fabric lined purple room to clear it of other energies, she says, “The best explanation I have found to describe what I do is that I am providing information that is communicated to me by images and feelings. This is sent to me by my spirit guide who is communicating with your guardian angel.” Xtina continues, “There is no reason to fear what you will hear because I am only communicating what is revealed to me through your guardian angel. You will only understand what they need or want you to hear.”

Madame Xtina believes that to foretell someone’s future is to negate their free will. When coming to Xtina for a reading, you can expect truth and advice told in a loving and caring manner. Most readings result in giving you some direction or advice to move toward goals you wish to achieve.

The Tarot Room’s grand opening on Monday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 7 p.m., across from Andre Belanger’s Studio Works Gallery on Pleasant Street.

The Tarot Room will be available for Tarot readings by appointment only for now and will be open to walk-in appointments in the future. Find the Tarot Room on Facebook @MadameXtina at The Tarot Room.

Xtina TarotThe Tarot Room’s grand opening will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 7 p.m., across from Andre Belanger’s Studio Works Gallery on Pleasant Street, and will include champagne and chocolates, a free one-card quick reading, and the chance to win a free full reading.