STANDISH, Mich. (AP) _ The ``cursing canoeist'' was ordered Monday to perform four days of community service and either pay a $75 fine or spend three days in jail.

Timothy Boomer, 25, let loose with a stream of a profanities after falling out of a canoe last summer. A jury convicted him in June of violating an 1897 Michigan law against cursing in front of children.

District Judge Allen Yenior put the sentence on hold while he appeals his conviction.

Boomer said that if his conviction if upheld, he will pay the fine rather than go to jail.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Boomer, contends his freedom of speech was violated.