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Some other Mason ‘Punchers’
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 • Posted June 9, 2010

Musical entertainment following the annual Great Castell Kayak Race was "punched up" by Masonites Daryl and Petra Watson, also known as HillHouse. Para un gringo, Daryl canta muy bien en espanol. (For a white boy, Daryl sings in Spanish real good.)

This yearly event raises funds for Chemo Sabe, an outreach program seeking to benefit those afflicted with cancer. It also raises awareness of cancer prevention and treatment options.

With the latter in mind, Aim at Melanoma had representatives available, providing information. The inspiration for this foundation came from incidents in the lives of Valerie Guild and Jean Schlipmann. Valerie’s daughter Charlie died at age 26 and Jean’s husband Jim died at 44; finding it difficult to find information and support, they created Aim at Melanoma to provide resources and hope for others like themselves.

Seeking to spread the word, the organization can be contacted via various media; they are on Facebook, their Website is, there is a nurse on call at 877-246-2635. Support groups are also available;

Top five finishers:

1) John Baltzell of Round Rock, 1:47:07;

2) William Russell of San Antonio, 1:53:33;

3) Daniel and Armando Cruz of Belize, 2:02:23;

4) Erin McGee of San Marcos 2:12:16;

5) Chris Harris of San Marcos, 2:18:56.

Ms. McGee had the best time ever for a female entrant. Event director Jerialice Arsenault said the women usually start coming in at 20th place, somewhere around three hours after launch.

Also on site at the finish line were folks from the Expedition School, who are trained to assess and treat medical emergencies. When one young man appeared to have questionable lucidity, it was determined he was dehydrated. His needs were quickly seen to and he was fine.

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