Monday, May 19, 2014

Healthy Acadia Offers Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings

Healthy Acadia Offers Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings 

As area restaurants, bars, and convenience stores gear up for a busy season hiring new staff, Healthy Acadia is hosting a spring series of our Responsible Beverage Server and Seller (RBS) Trainings in May. The trainings provide staff with knowledge to better prevent violations of liquor laws and serve alcohol safely, with an emphasis on preventing underage and high-risk drinking. 

Healthy Acadia will hold an “Off-Premise Training” for employees of retail and liquor stores. It will be held on Tuesday, May 27th (12pm - 4:30pm) at Ellsworth City Hall. “On-Premise Trainings” are for employees of restaurants and bars. Upcoming trainings will take place Wednesday, May 28th (12pm - 4:30pm) at Ellsworth City Hall and Thursday, May 29th (9am - 1:30pm) at Machias Savings Bank in Bar Harbor. Training cost is $25.00. Participants are requested to bring a photo ID with them for certification. For more information and to register, please contact Nikki at 667-7171 or

“All of our employees are required to take Healthy Acadia’s Alcohol Server Seller training class because we believe that it is important for them to be educated,” stated Beth Kimsey, HR Manager for Cigaret Shopper. “I have heard nothing but positive feedback from our employees about the class. Frank Lyons is a talented instructor and his enthusiasm for educating people shows in this class.”

Each retailer whose employees participate in one of Healthy Acadia’s Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings will receive a free copy of the 2014 I.D. Checking Guide, making it easier for servers and sellers to identify fake forms of identification.  
Veteran instructor Frank Lyons leads the trainings and teaches attendees how to ensure that safe business practices are implemented within the workplace. Lyons, a former liquor inspector, walks participants through numerous possible scenarios, examines fake identification cards, reviews excerpts from the Maine liquor laws, and discusses all the factors that go into making alcohol handling a safe business. 

“State certified RBS training is the cornerstone for licensees to build policies that prevent unnecessary violations, civil suits and tragedies that occur with the unlawful sale of alcohol,” explains Frank Lyons. “The Seller-Server Training programs were designed for the one purpose of helping licensees and their employees stay compliant and avoid those consequences through solid training supported by a sound written policy.”

Healthy Acadia is dedicated to building healthier communities by connecting individuals with health supports, building partnerships, coordinating education and prevention services, and improving policies and environments. Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving the Downeast-Acadia region and is the Healthy Maine Partnership for Hancock County.

Elsie Flemings
Executive Director, 
Healthy Acadia

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