Monday, May 18, 2015

Healthy Acadia Offers Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings

Healthy Acadia is hosting a spring session of our Responsible Beverage Server and Seller

Trainings in June. 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. “Soon the summer season will be in full swing and this is the

opportune time for businesses to ensure that their new and veteran employees are up to

speed on alcohol selling laws and best practices,” stated Nikki Fox, Community Health

Coordinator at Healthy Acadia.

The off-premise training is for employees of retail and liquor stores. It will be held on

Tuesday, June 2nd (12:00pm to 4:30pm) at Ellsworth City Hall. On-premise trainings are

for employees of restaurants and bars. The upcoming trainings will take place

Wednesday, June 3rd (9:00-1:30) at Ellsworth City Hall and Thursday, June 4th (9:00am to

1:30pm) at Machias Savings Bank in Bar Harbor. Training cost is $25.00, please bring a

photo ID with you for certification.  For more information and to register, please contact

Nikki at 667-7171 or

 “Healthy Acadia’s Alcohol Server Trainings provided our staff with increased

understanding of liquor laws, along with tools to ensure safe and legal serving. We are

proud to know that through our business practices, we are helping to promote healthy and

safer communities,” stated Lorena Stearns, owner of Finn's Irish Pub in Ellsworth.

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. 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,” explains Frank Lyons.

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 region and is the Healthy Maine

Partnership for Hancock County.