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October 8, 1990
Betterton Mayor Carolyn Sorge, who was appointed to the post two years ago, won re-election Saturday by more than a 2-to-1 margin, handily defeating her predecessor, Frank S. Puleo.Mrs. Sorge, a teacher and Betterton native, received 113 votes to 49 for Mr. Puleo, a retired Pennsylvania highway worker who was elected mayor of the Kent County town four years ago.Nearly three-quarters of the town's 204 registered voters turned out for the election Saturday, Mrs. Sorge said yesterday.she said.
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By Rona Kobell, For The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
The beach. The beautiful water. The strolls along the boardwalk for summer foods. The lovely house with the wraparound porch and the sunny breakfast nook. And the two-hour backup on the Bay Bridge. The rowdy, half-naked crowds pushing in line for french fries and saltwater taffy. The expensive rental house with the unstable porch, not to mention the dingy decor. Beach vacations can be a mixed bag - and that's when you've taken care of the things you can plan for. Bad weather, unexpected traffic and incompatibility among friends who don't work so well as weeklong housemates can all put a damper on what you hoped would be a great vacation.
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NEWS
By James Bock and James Bock,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 1, 1990
BETTERTON -- It was Paula Bone's first fling at politics. And she says it will be her last.Make no mistake, Mrs. Bone is no political animal. She enjoys her garden and volunteers at a hospice. It would never cross her mind to schmooze, cajole, backslap, logroll, obfuscate, equivocate or, heaven forbid, run for office.But Mrs. Bone did put up a hand-painted political sign in her yard: "Frank S. Puleo for Mayor" in this Saturday's town election here.And that was enough to stir up Betterton, a tranquil bayside town that once drew steamers full of Baltimoreans to its crab houses, dance halls and nettle-free waters but now doesn't have so much as a sandwich for sale.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 29, 2012
The body of an Edgewood man who jumped off a boat Sunday in the Chesapeake Bay was found Monday, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police. Brandon M. Greene, 21, jumped from a drifting vessel and did not reappear on the surface after entering the water, Natural Resources Police spokesman Art Windemuth said in a news release. Mr. Greene had jumped from a vessel to go swimming in the Chesapeake Bay, about a half mile west of Howell Point, near Betterton in Kent County, Windemuth said.
FEATURES
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1999
"Steamboat Vacations: Excursions on the Chesapeake," an exhibition that recently opened at the Maryland Historical Society recalls an era when Baltimoreans took to the water aboard bay steamers to escape the searing heat and humidity of the city.Carrying picnic hampers laden with fried chicken, deviled eggs, cakes and jugs of lemonade, crowds dressed in white flannels, summer frocks and wearing straw hats happily piled off streetcars holding the hands of anxious children as they made their way to the Pratt and Light street piers to board waiting steamers.
NEWS
By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2004
BETTERTON -- Decades have passed since the last Bay Belle steamship whistled into this tiny Kent County town. Gone are the grand hotels with wrap-around porches and white-gloved waitresses, the throngs of Baltimore vacationers on a blanket-covered beach. There is no more busy boardwalk, no more bingo, no more bowling alley -- not even a grocery store. And now the owners of Betterton's last remaining bed and breakfast, the Lantern Inn, are preparing to turn out the lights. Ray and Sandi Sparks, Upperco natives who bought the place six years ago, say the people just aren't coming anymore.
ENTERTAINMENT
By [DANA KINKER] | August 2, 2007
Betterton Day The lowdown -- Spend a day on the beach swimming, tanning and enjoying the sun while browsing local craft vendors at the annual Betterton Day Celebration on Saturday. Also, stay for the afternoon and hear a band perform or play cow-pie bingo. If you go -- Betterton Day is all day Saturday at Betterton Beach, 1 Ericsson Ave., Betterton. Free. Call 410-348-5522 for more information. Keep the light on The lowdown -- Spend a night inside historic Hooper Straight Lighthouse as part of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's overnighters program.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa | August 4, 2005
Fun at the beach Grab a bathing suit and sandals and drive to the Eastern Shore for Betterton Day on Saturday. Watch a morning parade, browse craft and food tents, listen to free live music and play Cow Plop bingo. Stake a claim on Betterton beach and swim in the Sassafras River all day. Betterton Day starts with a parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday outside the Betterton Firehouse, 2 Howell Point Road in Betterton, and runs until 5 p.m. After entering the town, follow signs to parking areas.
NEWS
July 14, 2003
John "Jack" M. Luike Sr., an Army ship's captain during World War II, died Thursday of complications of a broken hip at Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown. He was 79. Mr. Luike was born in Betterton, a small town on the Chesapeake Bay in Kent County. He started his career on the water when he was 13, quitting school to join his father as a commercial fisherman until he was drafted into the Army. He was sent to the South Pacific, where he was captain of a mechanized landing craft.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 29, 2012
The body of an Edgewood man who jumped off a boat Sunday in the Chesapeake Bay was found Monday, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police. Brandon M. Greene, 21, jumped from a drifting vessel and did not reappear on the surface after entering the water, Natural Resources Police spokesman Art Windemuth said in a news release. Mr. Greene had jumped from a vessel to go swimming in the Chesapeake Bay, about a half mile west of Howell Point, near Betterton in Kent County, Windemuth said.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun Reporter | May 18, 2008
Frances A. "Fran" Wilkins called the other day to talk about a recent column I had written about the fate of the old Port Welcome, the popular excursion vessel that sailed out of the Inner Harbor for nearly 30 years before being sold to new owners in Michigan in 1987. The object of Wilkins' veneration wasn't the Port Welcome, but rather the Wilson Line's Bay Belle, which she boarded each summer with her family during the 1950s. They were off on their annual voyage to Betterton and a two-week vacation at the end of July and into August at the now-demolished Hotel Rigbie.
ENTERTAINMENT
By [DANA KINKER] | August 2, 2007
Betterton Day The lowdown -- Spend a day on the beach swimming, tanning and enjoying the sun while browsing local craft vendors at the annual Betterton Day Celebration on Saturday. Also, stay for the afternoon and hear a band perform or play cow-pie bingo. If you go -- Betterton Day is all day Saturday at Betterton Beach, 1 Ericsson Ave., Betterton. Free. Call 410-348-5522 for more information. Keep the light on The lowdown -- Spend a night inside historic Hooper Straight Lighthouse as part of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's overnighters program.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa | August 4, 2005
Fun at the beach Grab a bathing suit and sandals and drive to the Eastern Shore for Betterton Day on Saturday. Watch a morning parade, browse craft and food tents, listen to free live music and play Cow Plop bingo. Stake a claim on Betterton beach and swim in the Sassafras River all day. Betterton Day starts with a parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday outside the Betterton Firehouse, 2 Howell Point Road in Betterton, and runs until 5 p.m. After entering the town, follow signs to parking areas.
NEWS
By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2004
BETTERTON -- Decades have passed since the last Bay Belle steamship whistled into this tiny Kent County town. Gone are the grand hotels with wrap-around porches and white-gloved waitresses, the throngs of Baltimore vacationers on a blanket-covered beach. There is no more busy boardwalk, no more bingo, no more bowling alley -- not even a grocery store. And now the owners of Betterton's last remaining bed and breakfast, the Lantern Inn, are preparing to turn out the lights. Ray and Sandi Sparks, Upperco natives who bought the place six years ago, say the people just aren't coming anymore.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 8, 2003
A bloom of blue-green algae spotted by state officials on the Sassafras River has prompted the closure of Betterton Beach in Kent County, officials announced yesterday. The Microcystis aeruginosa bloom - first seen by Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials July 17 on Turner Creek - has expanded down the Sassafras River to the beach. Kent County health officials decided to close the beach area after several people who swam nearby last weekend reported itching and rashes, according to DNR officials.
NEWS
July 14, 2003
John "Jack" M. Luike Sr., an Army ship's captain during World War II, died Thursday of complications of a broken hip at Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown. He was 79. Mr. Luike was born in Betterton, a small town on the Chesapeake Bay in Kent County. He started his career on the water when he was 13, quitting school to join his father as a commercial fisherman until he was drafted into the Army. He was sent to the South Pacific, where he was captain of a mechanized landing craft.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun Reporter | May 18, 2008
Frances A. "Fran" Wilkins called the other day to talk about a recent column I had written about the fate of the old Port Welcome, the popular excursion vessel that sailed out of the Inner Harbor for nearly 30 years before being sold to new owners in Michigan in 1987. The object of Wilkins' veneration wasn't the Port Welcome, but rather the Wilson Line's Bay Belle, which she boarded each summer with her family during the 1950s. They were off on their annual voyage to Betterton and a two-week vacation at the end of July and into August at the now-demolished Hotel Rigbie.
FEATURES
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1999
"Steamboat Vacations: Excursions on the Chesapeake," an exhibition that recently opened at the Maryland Historical Society recalls an era when Baltimoreans took to the water aboard bay steamers to escape the searing heat and humidity of the city.Carrying picnic hampers laden with fried chicken, deviled eggs, cakes and jugs of lemonade, crowds dressed in white flannels, summer frocks and wearing straw hats happily piled off streetcars holding the hands of anxious children as they made their way to the Pratt and Light street piers to board waiting steamers.
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF | November 15, 1998
Hereford's double-overtime state title clash with defending champion Pocomoke yesterday produced enough excitement and close calls for a dozen games.The only thing missing was a game-winning goal.Hereford's Amanda Coleman scored the last goal early in the second half, as the two teams played to a 2-2 tie in regulation. Even two wild 10-minute, seven-on-seven overtime periods could not produce a winner on Goucher College's Jo Fiske Field.Sharing the Class 1A state title hardly mattered to the Bulls, who celebrated with gusto after 80 minutes of exhausting hockey.
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