Category: Opinion & Advice

Writer’s Block: Bah, Humbug!

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com ‘Tis the season for making merry and bright. The lights are all aglow, the halls have been decked with boughs of holly and all should be jolly, right? Well, almost. If you’ll allow me a little latitude to be a bit of a Grinch — only slightly a …

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Rio History: Flotas, the Treasure Fleets of Spain

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS In the early 1500s, a law was passed by the Casa de Contratacion, or “House of Trade,” which called for fleets or Flotas from Spain to sail to the colonies twice a year. In addition to letters, finery and passengers, the fleet carried manufactured goods for sale to the citizens of the New …

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Letter to the Editor for December 6, 2018

Special to the PRESS Editor, A memorial service was held last Saturday at the Island’s Chapel. The service was nice, filled with family and friends … but one of our beautiful nautical-themed ornaments went missing from the Christmas tree. Who would do that to our church, and at a memorial service? -Darra Fuqua Laguna Vista …

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Writer’s Block: Remembering Last Year’s Snow Day

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com At this very moment, as I sit at my desk typing this week’s column, I’m listening to the dulcet sounds of Bing Crosby as he croons, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.” Feeling festive, and eager to partake in holiday cheer, I’ve been listening to the Classic Christmas …

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Rio History: Research and Treasure Hunting

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The metal detector itself is just one of the tools used by the successful treasure hunter. One of the more common questions I get asked is, “How do you know where to look for treasure?” My response is always along the following lines; look for booklets, postcards and other writings that …

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Writer’s Block: Celebration Season

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Fall is a pretty special time of year for my family. It’s the time of year when we have much occasion to celebrate, which may perhaps explain why it’s my favorite season of the year. Sure, there’s the “regular” autumn stuff to celebrate: holidays, and family gatherings, and …

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Rio History: From Pineda to Lafitte

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Alonso Álvarez de Pineda was on a mapping expedition when he discovered the Brazos pass in 1519. He is generally credited with naming the pass, Brazos de Santiago, meaning the Arms of Saint James, which has remained unchanged to this day. Pineda continued south from Brazos to a large …

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Writer’s Block: Happy Thanksgiving

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Gobble, gobble! It’s that time of the year again — that time where we set our tables with our nicest china and our homes are filled with the warm smells of butter, thyme, cinnamon, pumpkin, cranberry and citrus as we prepare a feast fit for royalty. It’s Thanksgiving! …

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Writer’s Block: In Defense of a Most Common Bird

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com With the fall migration in full swing and birders from near and far “oohing” and “aahing” over the astounding variety of colorful, whimsical, rare, eye-catching and breathtaking avian species wending their way through the Rio Grande Valley, I thought I would take a moment to extol the virtues …

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Rio History: War Planes Once Strafed Beaches of Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS “Do you know any reason a person would find 50 (caliber) bullets on the island?” the email read. I studied the embedded photos before reading on. “The wife actually found them while beach combing for shells. When she showed me, I went back with the detector but still did …

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