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Originally published in Castine Patriot, April 5, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, April 5, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, April 5, 2018
Healthy Acadia offers Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Training

Maine’s busy tourist season is just around the corner and many stores, restaurants, and taverns will be bringing on new staff. Healthy Acadia is offering Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings to provide anyone employing individuals who sell or serve alcoholic beverages with the knowledge they need to prevent violations of liquor laws.

This course emphasizes increasing employees’ knowledge about liquor laws, the importance of preventing underage sales, and sales to visibly intoxicated individuals, as well as building the skills necessary to handle refusing service when necessary. Employees will receive training on best practices to identify minors, false identification, and signs of visible intoxication. Training employees through this 4-hour course may lead to lower insurance rates for businesses and will help reduce the risk of making costly and/or tragic unlawful sales, according to a news release from Healthy Acadia.

Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings will be offered at three locations in Hancock County this April: on April 19, in Bar Harbor at the Machias Savings Bank Community Room (96 Cottage Street); on April 20 at the Blue Hill Library’s Howard Room (5 Parker Point Road); and on April 25 at the Ellsworth Public Library’s Community Room (20 State Street).

Responsible Beverage Seller trainings (for employees of retail stores and other businesses that sell alcohol to be consumed off-premises) will begin at 8:30 a.m. Responsible Beverage Server trainings (for employees of restaurants, taverns, hotels or other businesses that serve alcohol on-premises) will start at 12:30 p.m.

There is a cost for training, participants will receive a certificate valid for five years. The latest ID Checking Guides will also be available for purchase. For more information, to sign up for training, or to schedule a training for six or more employees at your business, contact Tara Young at 667-7171 or tara@healthyacadia.org.