Category: South Padre Parade

Writer’s Block: Foreteller of Fall

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com With the recent rains cooling things down a little, and also spurring an explosion of vegetative growth throughout the Rio Grande Valley, I decided it was high time to do a little outdoor tidying up this weekend. My patio, though bare concrete, is shaded by a lovely, mature …

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Rio History: A Brief History of the Mansfield Cut

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS In March of 1950 the Willacy County Navigation District appeared in court and sued to have the 1,760 acres of land immediately surrounding the port facilities of “Red Fish Landing” condemned. In a court ordered settlement, the District paid the American Legion $3 an acre for the land it owned. The small fishing …

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Rio History: Tales of the Bottle

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Tonya Illman was walking across a range of sand dunes located on Wedge Island, located about 90 miles north of Perth in Western Australia when she noticed something sticking out of the sand. “It was a lovely old bottle” she told a reporter, “and I picked it up.” Later, …

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Writer’s Block: Real Life Magic

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I know a place that has magic. A place that is magic. A place filled with wonder and excitement. With fierce battles on fields stained brightest scarlet. With quiet meadows where dragonflies float clumsily through the air on summer afternoons. It’s a place where dragons sleep, and where …

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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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