Month: March 2021

Ron Barnes

Ron received an AS in Computer Programming from the New England Institute of Technology in 1985. His career includes employment with Providence Washington Insurance, AIG, Trust Insurance, AAA Southern New England, and his current employer Horace Mann Education Association in Franklin Mass. Ron is currently Vice President of Information Technology Services for HMEA and has

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Dear Editor:     In 2007 my husband and I bought the so-called King Philip House on Bristol’s Mount Hope, the former summer home of Rudolph Haffenreffer, Jr. It sat on a two-acre parcel surrounded by about 450 acres of additional land that the Haffenreffers gave to Brown University via several donations in the 1950s.  

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     The Irish presence in Rhode Island dates from the late 1630s. Most early Irish Rhode Islanders were Protestants-mainly Baptists, Quakers, Presbyterians, or Anglicans– and those few with Catholic antecedents soon lost their religious affiliation for lack of Catholic clergy within the colony. Among the handful of seventeenth-century Irish Rhode Islanders were Nicholas Power,

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