Category Archive: South Padre Parade

Feb 17 2017

Writer’s Block: Cowboy Creed

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com You hear stories about the good ol’ days. You hear stories of the time when towns were so small that you knew all your neighbors and folks never locked their doors at night because why would you when you can name everyone in your no-stoplight-town? You hear stories …

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Feb 17 2017

Rio History: Invasion of the Giant Jellyfish

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS A couple of years back, I wrote about a massive influx of Portuguese Man of Wars that washed onto the beaches of South Padre island in 2012. In that article, I explained to my readers that under normal conditions, colonies of Man-o-Wars travel with the currents and usually wash …

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Feb 03 2017

Writer’s Block: Don’t Rain On My Parade

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I’d much rather be out enjoying this weather. All week long it’s been perfect. Sunny skies, wispy clouds drifting along a backdrop of brightest azure and pleasant warmth with just the right amount of chill in the breeze to kiss your skin and keep you cool. Yet, no …

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Feb 03 2017

Rio History: Mary’s Beans

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Recently, I received an email from Jean Powers of Minneapolis asking about a sea bean she found while vacationing on South Padre Island. I always like to refer questions of this sort to my friend and partner Kay Lay who identified the find as a Mary’s bean. “They are …

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Jan 27 2017

Writer’s Block: Winter’s No Rest For the Weary

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s hard to call it “winter” when the days have been warm enough to go for walks along the beach barefoot, or when it’s been warm enough to dip your toes in the surf while on those walks. I know that from personal experience since I’ve recently taken …

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Jan 27 2017

Rio History: Beachcombing

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS When is the best time to go treasure hunting or beachcombing? If I had an Indian Head penny for every time I have been asked that question. Let me share some stories I’ve heard over the past 30 years. Local handyman Randy Baker had been walking behind the dunes …

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Jan 20 2017

Writer’s Block: Time to be ‘WOWEd’

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s no secret that the Rio Grande Valley’s best kept secret is its amazingly diverse wildlife. We’ve got elusive ocelot stalking through the thorn scrub beneath a clouded moon, and lemony bright great kiskadees chattering loudly in our backyard bird feeders. There’s zebra longwing butterflies flitting hither and …

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Jan 20 2017

Rio History: The Battle of New Orleans

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Our story begins on the eve of third Battle of New Orleans. (January 8-18, 1815) General Andrew Jackson accepted the offer of help from the Baratarians. In return, all who fought would receive a full pardon from the United States Government. It was a chance to start life anew …

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Jan 13 2017

Writer’s Block: Thar She Blows!

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s officially been ‘winter’ for a while now, but it wasn’t until this past week that we truly saw some wintry weather. Now, sure, we’ve had a couple of cold fronts blow through during the 2016-2017 winter season already, but they’ve all been pretty tame compared to the …

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Jan 13 2017

Rio History: How Did Padre Island Get Its Name?

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Over the years, I have penned several articles about how Padre Island got its name. This latest version is in response to an email from John Nolan who wanted to know more about the history of Padre Island……. Padre Nicholas Balli, for whom the Island gets its name, was …

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