(5-7-23) On Monday, April 17, The Mercer County Prevention Coalition hosted two Seller-Server Trainings held for alcohol permit holders and servers. Seller-Server Training is a project of the Mercer County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) as a result of the 2022 Community Health Assessment, which indicated alcohol/substance abuse as one of our top health issues in Mercer County.

Agent Andy Alanis from the Ohio Investigative Unit presented information on the A.S.K. program (Alcohol Server Knowledge). The Ohio state course is designed for bartenders, sellers, and servers and was filled with knowledge and techniques to become a responsible server/seller of alcohol and liquor regulations.  Covering topics such as:  how to protect yourself and your establishment from liability, how to check IDs, how to identify a fake ID, levels of intoxication, recognizing the signs of intoxication, recognize minors, and interventions.  Agent Alanis also covered what the Ohio penalties and fines are for a business or server who is found in non-compliance. 

All businesses who serve or sell alcohol in Mercer County were invited to attend the training. There were 5 businesses and 9 alcohol permit holders/servers in attendance:  C-Town Wings (Brittany Brookhart, Jordan McGee, and Jeremy Green), Celina Moose Lodge (Brooke Brown and Linda Monroe), Plaza Bowling Lanes (Heather Kennedy), Cozy Cabin Cafe, LLC (Deborah Mertz), Gilbert Station Bar and Grille, LLC (Ashley Borgerding and Christopher L. Siefring).

The CHIP Substance Abuse Committee and the Mercer County Prevention Coalition want to thank the listed businesses for participating in this training and recognizing the importance for keeping our community safe. 

Thanks to the Mercer County Prevention Coalition for donating the $20 Mercer County Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificate door prizes at each session. Thank you to Agent Alanis for teaching this excellent training. 

For those interested in joining or finding out more about ways to reduce alcohol and other drug use/abuse in our community, please consider joining the Mercer County Prevention Coalition.  For more information contact Laura Sanford at 419-584-1000 ormercercountyprevention@gmail.com if interested.