Frank Lyons teaches the Responsible Beverage Server Training at Machias Savings Bank in Bar Harbor, on June 1, 2012.
Healthy Acadia Promotes a Safe, Healthy Summer Season through Alcohol Seller Trainings
June 8, 2012
HANCOCK COUNTY - June 1, 2012, marked the last in this spring’s series of Responsible Beverage Server & Seller (RBS) Trainings, preparing businesses across the region to promote a safe, healthy summer season. Healthy Acadia, a community health organization serving the Downeast-Acadia region, coordinated trainings in locations across Hancock County for retail establishments, restaurants and bars. 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.

“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.”

Approximately 50 staff members from 14 businesses across Hancock County have participated in the RBS trainings this year. Healthy Acadia plans to offer more Responsible Beverage Server & Seller Trainings this fall and in coming year.

“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 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.

Veteran instructor Frank Lyons led the trainings in Blue Hill, Ellsworth and Bar Harbor, teaching attendees how to ensure that safe business practices are implemented within the workplace. Lyons, a former liquor inspector, walked participants through numerous possible scenarios, examined fake identification cards, reviewed excerpts from the Maine liquor laws, and discussed all the factors that go into making alcohol handling a safe business. Machias Savings Bank in Bar Harbor, Ellsworth City Hall, and the Blue Hill Library all generously provided meeting space for the RBS trainings.

“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 through building partnerships, improving policies & environments, and coordinating education & prevention services. Healthy Acadia serves as Hancock County’s Healthy Maine Partnership, a collaborative effort among 26 local coalitions, the Mane DHHS (Maine CDC and Office of Substance Abuse) and DOE, supported primarily by the Fund for Healthy Maine with federal grants from the US CDC, SAMHSA, and DOE.

Press Release Contact: Elsie Flemings, Healthy Acadia, 288-5331 or elsie@healthyacadia.org