Category: South Padre Parade

Rio History: Metal Detecting Tips

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Generally speaking, most gold jewelry is lost by people wading in the surf. During the summer, the waves are very gentle and the wind conditions actually add a couple of feet of beach in many areas. It’s not uncommon to see several people wandering the surf, intently eyeing the …

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Writer’s Block: TIFT Time Once Again

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com There are the big holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Fourth of July, that everyone celebrates. And there are smaller, “bank” holidays like Presidents Day or Labor Day, where, if you’re lucky, you get the day off work or a 3-day weekend. And then there are holidays …

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Rio History: The Lost Camp on Brazos Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS A few years ago, I received a packet of photos and old periodicals from a Jim Jennings of Balboa Island California. Jim had lived in Point (Port) Isabel in the early 1930s. His Dad, Jim Jennings Senior had been the engineer in charge of building the Brownsville Ship Channel. …

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Writer’s Block: Dog Days of Summer

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com If you’ve been outside during the daytime at all this past week, then you’ll have realized we are well and truly into the dog days of summer. There’s only one word one can use to describe the weather: hot. Actually, I can think of a few others: sweltering, …

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Rio History: The Tun Shell

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Mr. Hathcock, I found a shell while vacationing last September on South Padre Island. I was very surprised to find it in an unbroken condition. My husband says it was probably bought at a shell shop because of its condition. Is this shell normally found on Padre Island? Thank …

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Writer’s Block: Menudo: The Latino Soul Personified

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s no secret that food and family are two integral parts of Latino culture. Our family bonds are tightly woven, with our extended family members as close to us as our smaller nuclear families. Family is so important in Latino culture that we oftentimes happily choose to expand …

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Rio History: German Saboteurs and Ship Wrecks

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Hello Steve, I am a transplanted Texan living in Santa Fe. I’ve been here for 15 years and really miss the lifestyle of South Texas. I have been intrigued for several years with the shipwrecks of Padre. I’ve seen one referred to on a map as “Nicaragua.” Is this …

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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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