Healthy Acadia Offers Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings
May 18, 2015

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.