Healthy Acadia Promotes Safety through Alcohol Seller Trainings

Posted Oct. 16, 2012, at 11:37 a.m.

Thursday, November 1 to Friday, November 2, 2012; 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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HANCOCK COUNTY – Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving the Downeast Acadia region, is sponsoring two upcoming Responsible Server and Seller Trainings (RBS) for alcohol retail establishments, restaurants and bars across Hancock County. 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.

A training for employees of retail stores and liquor stores will be held on Thursday, November 1st, 12:30-4:30 pm at Ellsworth City Hall. A training for employees of restaurants and bars will take place on Friday, November 2nd (9:00 am -1:00 pm) at the University of Maine Hancock County Cooperative Extension in Ellsworth. The cost of the training is $25.00 per person, and all participants must be registered prior to the starting time. To register, contact Healthy Acadia at 288-5331.

“The Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Training is an invaluable training tool that is designed to improve the safety of alcohol sales which, in turn, exponentially decreases the likelihood of harmful or tragic consequences,” stated Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Thornton, coordinator of the Hancock County Alcohol Enforcement Team. “We truly appreciate Healthy Acadia’s leadership in coordinating and promoting these trainings and feel fortunate to partner with them with the same overall objective in mind.”

“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. Multiple staff members from Finn’s participated in the RBS trainings earlier this year.

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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.

“We’ve added classes to accommodate the tremendous response from area restaurants, retail stores and bars sending their staff to be trained this year,” stated Doug Michael, Executive Director of Healthy Acadia. “These responsible local businesses play a vital role keeping our youth & communities safe,” he added.

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.