Category: South Padre Parade

Rio History: Hunting for Artifacts

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS When working (metal detecting) a battlefield, any map you find can usually be put to good use. Many older maps are crudely drawn, but when compared with modern topographical maps, hills, islands, and waterways can be used as landmarks to put you in the general area of a battle. …

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Writer’s Block: The Good Side of Facebook

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com If you’ve been paying attention to the news the last few months, then chances are you might have seen some of the bad press our most ubiquitous social media company has been receiving lately. I’m talking about Facebook — that behemoth of a technological marvel that serves as …

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Rio History: This Treasure Hunt Ended In A Washout

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS I remember a time my friend Bill Bieker and I were on a hunt for an old US army encampment we had heard about. A friend of Bill’s had stumbled upon the site on his ranch after Hurricane Brett had brushed the Island back in 1999. Though the storm …

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Writer’s Block: Memories of Earth Day

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com This weekend will mark the 48th Earth Day — an annual day to reflect on environmental consciousness and stewardship. It all started with a single person, Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson, who was spurred to action after seeing the detrimental effects of an oil spill. According to the Earth …

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Rio History: The Padre Island Lighthouse

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Every now and then I am asked about light houses on Padre Island. Today if a visitor to the Island wanted to explore an old lighthouse, they would need to make their way across the Laguna Madre to Port Isabel where they will find a perfectly preserved stone tower …

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Writer’s Block: Our Pets, Our Family

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Wednesday was National Pet Day. As such, you may have seen an uptick in pet pictures while scrolling through your social media feeds this week. I know I did. Sure, it seems like just about every day is National Something Day, or International Something Day. There are days …

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Rio History: What Ever Happened To …

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS In the past few months I have had three people ask me about the “old” pier that was on the beach somewhere north on the Island. The Gulfside Pier, which was situated in Andy Bowie Park some five miles north of the original Queen Isabella Causeway, was constructed by …

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Writer’s Block: The Struggle is Green

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Now that we’re well and truly into spring our customary strong April winds and unpredictably rainy/sunny weather have arrived, as well. But, along with the knock-you-over gusts of winds, blistering sunshine, sideways rain and other things we usually experience this time of year, there’s something else that has …

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Rio History: A Tale of Two Doorstops

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS I’ve always had a fascination for stories about how someone inherited an old item which they assumed had little or no value only to discover… Wanting to buy a new car, a British woman decided to sell an old wooden Chinese pot she had inherited from her father which …

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Writer’s Block: Wildflower Scavenger Hunt

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com If you’re anything like me then I’m sure you’ve noticed the bright spots of color that have begun to dot the landscape, whether that be the open pastures along Highway 100 or on the lawns that line our residential streets. Everywhere, spring wildflowers have begun to bloom. A …

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