Category: South Padre Parade

Writer’s Block: Butterflies and Blooms

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s been a rainy summer so far, with last month’s heavy rains followed by intermittent showers here and there across the Rio Grande Valley. And now that the mosquitos are mostly under control, you may have had a chance to notice another consequence of all that water. I …

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Rio History: El Fronton de Puerto Isabel

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Long before Padre 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 extended …

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Writer’s Block: Summertime Snacks

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I don’t know about you, but when the temperatures start to rise and my mouth becomes parched I start to get some cravings for summertime snacks en el estilo del Valle. I’m talking about raspas, elote, fresh fruit with Trechas or chamoy, sour pickles, ice cold Mexican sodas …

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Rio History: Hunting for Treasure on South Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Sitting down in a swimsuit or summer shorts is a sure fire invitation to spill pocket change all over the surrounding area, so when I am beach detecting, I always run my detector around beach umbrella rental set-up sites. Many of the dune crossovers in the town of South …

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Writer’s Block: We the People

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com In years past, I’ve chosen to use Independence Day as a time to dedicate this weekly column to the exploration of what it means to be American. What American values are. Who Americans are. What kind of people we are. What kind of people we hope to be. …

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Rio History: Treasure Hunting On South Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Tom Brandt sent me the following email: Hi Steve, My parents have been visiting the Rio Grande Valley every winter for years and usually set up their RV in a park near Harlingen. They sent me a copy of one of your articles on treasure hunting tips. I am …

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Writer’s Block: June Rain

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It wasn’t a tropical weather system, but the radar animation still showed some eerie similarities to the kinds of summertime severe weather patterns that earn themselves innocuous sounding names. No, what much of the Rio Grande Valley woke up to on Wednesday morning was a deluge from a …

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Rio History: Rules of the Hunt

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS I have received several emails asking about metal detecting on the beaches of Padre Island. The laws on metal detecting are rather vague and for the most part, loosely enforced. I have been metal detecting on the beaches of Padre Island for over 20 years and have yet to …

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Writer’s Block: Lawns as a Metaphor for Life

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A few months ago, my dad bought a small, rectangular foam pad. I asked him what it was for and he said it was for his knees. “Have you seen the grass?” he asked before I could say anything further. Outside, in the front yard, the tiniest spears …

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Rio History: Getting Her Two Cents’ Worth

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Back in 2007 I bought a canvas bag full of pennies from a man who had accumulated them over the past couple of decades. He tried to exchange them for currency at his bank but was told that large amounts of coins had to be in rolls in order …

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