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Dear Editor: Please publish this copy of a letter to the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor. You guys really went out and screwed over the 25th anniversary Salmon Festival with this line up! As a business owner and resident I am totally disgusted with the line up. Who is making the decisions here? Seriously, I rely on the summer months to generate business to carry me on to the Christmas season and this line up is probably the worst ever. It will no doubt be one of the worse attended Salmon Festivals to date, which in turn will affect the business community as whole. Akon? Akon avoided jail time today but was sentenced to 65 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $250 fine in the wake of a June 2007 incident at a concert in upstate New York during which he hoisted a fan on his shoulders and violently tossed him into the crowd. A witness said the incident, which was widely viewed on YouTube, was triggered when somebody threw something at Akon during his performance. Security plucked a 15-year-old fan from the crowd in Fishkill, N.Y., and handed him over to the singer. Akon today pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment. He could be hauled back into court if he is arrested in the next 12 months. Seriously, it's time for this town to get some fresh blood on these committees and start promoting the Salmon Festival six to eight months in advance. This is terrible and I am totally disgusted.

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Dear Editor:

Please publish this copy of a letter to the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor.

You guys really went out and screwed over the 25th anniversary Salmon Festival with this line up! As a business owner and resident I am totally disgusted with the line up. Who is making the decisions here? Seriously, I rely on the summer months to generate business to carry me on to the Christmas season and this line up is probably the worst ever. It will no doubt be one of the worse attended Salmon Festivals to date, which in turn will affect the business community as whole. Akon?

Akon avoided jail time today but was sentenced to 65 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $250 fine in the wake of a June 2007 incident at a concert in upstate New York during which he hoisted a fan on his shoulders and violently tossed him into the crowd. A witness said the incident, which was widely viewed on YouTube, was triggered when somebody threw something at Akon during his performance. Security plucked a 15-year-old fan from the crowd in Fishkill, N.Y., and handed him over to the singer. Akon today pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment. He could be hauled back into court if he is arrested in the next 12 months. Seriously, it's time for this town to get some fresh blood on these committees and start promoting the Salmon Festival six to eight months in advance. This is terrible and I am totally disgusted.

Jason Benger

Grand Falls-Windsor

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