Category: South Padre Parade

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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Writer’s Block: Tricky Birds

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I was browsing through the aisles at HEB late one night last week when something caught my eye as I made my way down the pet food aisle looking for treats for my very pampered cat. It was HEB’s small collection of bird feeders and bird food. Stacked …

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Rio History: Larry’s Theory

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Hi Steve, I have a treasure-hunting question that goes back a few years. I have heard that people have found gold doubloons on the beaches of Padre Island. I also heard that a wreck was found around the mid-60s. Is it true the finder and the State of Texas …

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The Versatility of a Determined Plant

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “It’s so pretty!” I said to my dad last weekend as we lazed on a couch in the living room on a quiet Saturday evening. The TV was turned on; the sound of whatever program Dad was watching providing shapeless sound for all the attention I was paying …

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