Category Archive: South Padre Parade

May 26 2017

Writer’s Block: Goodbye and Good Luck

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com If, at any point over the last few years, you’ve had the opportunity to call or stop by our office then you might have been introduced to Sergio. His is the smiling face and friendly voice that most often greets people here at the PRESS and PARADE. He …

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May 26 2017

Rio History: Colonel Sam’s Dream

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Colonel Sam Robertson was a man unafraid to dream. Born in DeWitt, Missouri, on July 10, 1867, Sam left home at 15 to work on the railroad. A quick learner, young Sam moved up the ladder and by the time he first arrived in the Rio Grande Valley in …

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May 19 2017

Writer’s Block: To the Class of 2017

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Congrats, Class of 2017! You’ve done it. You’ve arrived at graduation day. You’ve got your cap and gown, your stoles and cords, maybe even a class ring. Your family, friends and teachers are ready to cheer you on as you cross the stage this weekend and cross the …

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May 19 2017

Rio History: The Galleon

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS A galleon’s weight varied from 100 to 1,000 tons. Her armament could include up to 40 guns of various caliber. The ship’s speed, depending on size and shape, could be anywhere from 4 to 8 knots. A medium sized galleon would carry about 100 sailors and passengers. In addition, …

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May 12 2017

Writer’s Block: Happy Mother’s Day, Mom

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Last weekend, as I was visiting my parents and enjoying a meal with them Sunday afternoon, my mom non-so-subtly began to drop hints about Mother’s Day. She and my dad had been discussing how their church plans to celebrate the holiday this coming weekend when Mom casually mentioned …

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May 12 2017

It’s Your Business

Amaral produces clothing with tropical island flare Special to the PRESS Anyone from former Miss Teen USA Danielle Doty to local television news anchor Amber Dixon can be seen wearing Designs by Rocio. There is an outfit suited for people from all walks of life and tastes. For over a decade, Port Isabel resident Rocio …

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May 12 2017

Rio History: The Lost City of Indianola

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Though its life as a city was short lived, Indianola, Texas played an important role in Texas history. In 1844 the Adelsverein, or Society of Nobility, at Bierbrich am Rheibn, in Germany, had a stated mission which was to provide assistance in the emigration of several thousand Germans to …

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May 05 2017

Writer’s Block: May the Fourth Be With You

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com If you’re a fan of science fiction cinema, and of Star Wars in particular, then this week’s column title is probably something you’ve heard before. For several years now, May 4 has been celebrated as Star Wars Day by Star Wars and sci-fi fans around the globe. Fans …

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May 05 2017

Rio History: Loss of an Island Landmark

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Ronnie Kojie sent an email recently asking if I “knew what happened to the little green house that once stood on the corner of Haas Street and Padre Boulevard?” “Yes I do,” was my reply. “In fact I was there when it happened.” (Early morning May 30, 2010)  “My …

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Apr 28 2017

Writer’s Block: Feathered Fallout

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com We had a bit of a cold front pass through the area this past weekend. Now, for you and I, the temperature drop was fairly mild. It wasn’t even worth grabbing a sweater, but the drop in humidity sure did feel nice. And though the slight dip in …

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