Category: South Padre Parade

Writer’s Block: Beauty in Transience

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Here today, gone tomorrow. It’s a cliché. And, like most clichés, the popularity of its usage comes from its truth. Such is the case with some ephemeral marvels I’ve witnessed during my daily travels this week. Perhaps you noticed them, too? It began Monday, on my first drive …

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Writer’s Block: Precision Pelican

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Last week, I wrote about the aerobatic accomplishments of a certain turkey vulture that I saw swooping low over the ground in its quest for tasty tidbits of the less-than-living variety. But, what I didn’t get to mention is that that turkey vulture wasn’t the only avian acrobat …

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Rio History: Racer’s Storm

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS In his book, “Hurricane Almanac,” writer Michael J. Ellis talks of a cyclone called Racers Storm that formed up in the Yucatan in 1837. The storm was named for the British Sloop of War, “Racer”. The ship ran ahead of the storm for some time before the storm’s eye …

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Writer’s Block: Buzzed By A Buzzard

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The morning sun was shining bright, and what clouds hung in the sky were fluffy and white — a happy morning scene as I drove along the blacktop on my way to work. Suddenly, a dark shape careened into my field of vision from the left. It glided …

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Rio History: Quarantine, A Brief History

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The practice of quarantine, as we know it, began in Europe during the 14th century. Ships arriving in Venice from infected ports were required to sit at anchor for 40 days before landing. This practice, called quarantine, was derived from the Italian words quaranta giorni which mean 40 days. …

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Writer’s Block: Whoops! Spoke Too Soon

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Okay, maybe I spoke too soon. Or maybe I jinxed it. In either case, perhaps I should apologize. You may be wondering what I’m talking about. Well, it’s none other than that perennial favorite of small talk topics, the water cooler go-to, the easy ice-breaker conversation starter: the …

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Rio History: The Lost Gold Mine

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Had the trail riders found the remains of a Spanish explorer? Jim Jennings, whose father was the civil engineer in charge of building the Brownsville Ship Channel, grew up in Port Isabel during the early 1930s.  Over the years, Jim has sent me many stories and pictures of various …

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Writer’s Block: Cleared Shelter, Full Heart, Can’t Lose

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Each day, when I get home from work, I walk up the path to my front door. I jiggle the key in the lock, push open the door and am greeted by a friendly face. Sitting a few paces from the reach of the arc of the swinging …

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Rio History: From El Fronton to the Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Long before Padre Nicolas Ballí began running cattle on the Island this entire area was a favored destination for wealthy ranchers and their families. At first, the little town that stood on the bay was called El Fronton. Some say it got that name from a sheer cliff that …

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Writer’s Block: Late Summer, Sweet Summer

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It seems the Saharan dust is well and truly gone from our skies now. Thankfully! No more blinding white midday skies, no more haze choking lungs and blotting out the horizon. And, as if to cap off the end to that dusty mess, we even had a nice, …

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