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Published: Tuesday, 7/29/2008

Underage drinking falls in Put-in-Bay bar sweep

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio Just one out of 16 liquor establishments that were checked Saturday by undercover agents failed to comply with underage drinking laws during the state s annual Christmas in July compliance checks, the Ohio Department of Public Safety s investigative unit announced yesterday.

Officials compared that result with eight violations reported during the same campaign a year ago.

Tony s Tavern was cited for sale and/or furnishing beer to a person under age 21, and an unidentified employee was similarly cited.

The investigative unit credited its Alcohol Server Knowledge Program, for which training was given in June to 25 employees of various Put-in-Bay liquor establishments, for reducing the number of liquor-permit violations this year.

Agents noted in particular a proliferation of signs near bar and tavern entrances advising potential underage patrons they were not welcome.

The state offers its training program by request throughout Ohio. Last year, unit agents conducted 150 classes statewide involving almost 2,000 business owners and employees.

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