Businesses Lead in Responsible Practices
July 3, 2015

Many Hancock County businesses and employees are taking leadership in promoting healthy, safe communities by participating Responsible Beverage Server and Seller (RBS) trainings hosted by Healthy Acadia.

“We would like to thank the businesses that have taken action to improve the health and safety of our communities by working to make sure their businesses incorporate best practices in alcohol serving and selling,” stated Denise Black of Healthy Acadia.

As a community health coalition, Healthy Acadia sponsors RBS trainings for alcohol retail stores, restaurants, and bars across the region. The trainings enable staff to better prevent violations of liquor laws and serve alcohol safely, with an emphasis on preventing underage and high-risk drinking.

Veteran liquor inspector Frank Lyons led the trainings, sharing a wealth of knowledge on liquor laws, fake identification cards, and all factors that are needed to ensure that alcohol is handled safely. 43 participants attended RBS trainings this June in Hancock County, including employees from Cigaret Shopper, 86 This!, Finn’s Irish Pub, Flexit, The Farmhouse Inn, The Dog and Pony Tavern, Barncastle, Reel Pizza, Bar Harbor Inn, Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Event Center, Side Street Café, and Jordon Pond House Restaurant.

“We applaud these businesses for showing responsibility, both in their work environment and also in our community as a whole,” said Black. Many other regional businesses have taken part in RBS trainings in prior years.

Healthy Acadia works closely with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Ellsworth Police Department through the Drug Free Communities Initiative to increase retail and on-premise compliance checks, police patrols for underage drinking, and community education within schools. According to Police Chief Christopher Coleman of the Ellsworth Police Department, “RBS trainings, such as these, play a vital role in helping to reduce the access minors and highly intoxicated people have to alcohol. We are grateful that employers and employees participate in this training and take an active role in helping to keep our youth and communities safe.”

“Many businesses in our region are working to support the health and safety of our community members, including through responsible beverage serving and selling, and we greatly appreciate their efforts,” shared Black. “We know it takes all of us working together to build healthy and vibrant communities.”