PARRSBORO - While his resume as an individual may be impressive, Lyle Yorke does not want to rely on his own ideas as a town councilor. He wants to hear ideas from everyone in town, and take those to the table. "Together we can" is his slogan, and after more than 50 years in business as a Main Street merchant and decades of service to organizations, as well as 11 years as a town councilor in the past, Yorke is confident his knowledge and experience make him fit for the job. "I'm not condemning - I think the current council has done a pretty good job in the last four years, but I see some things that could be improved on," he said. "I just want to continue to do my part." Areas in need of improvement include Main Street, which Yorke said is in need of some "TLC," and the tourism industry, which he said he would help promote as a town councilor. He served on the town's sustainable tourism committee in the past, and said that is a priority that continues to be important for him. "If it wasn't for that big boost in the summer, a lot of these businesses couldn't last the winter," he said. "Some people ask me why I focus on tourism instead of bringing industry and jobs to town. Well, that would be great but at the same time I think you shouldn't drop something that's good, and the tourist business is good." Other priorities for the candidate include proceeding with Phase 2 of the sewer project, and pushing for a Level 2 nursing home in town, which he said should not be given up on just because the last effort failed. All of the above would help inject life into Parrsboro, which he said is needed. "We need to fill up the empty houses," said Yorke. "We have to get more people here, whether they are retired or they want to come in and start a business out of their home or on Main Street." Yorke was first elected to Parrsboro Town Council in 1997, and was re-elected twice in 2000 and 2004, but was defeated in 2008. He did not offer in the 2009 byelection to fill the seat vacated by Lois Smith. Four years away from the council table have reminded him how much he misses the role, he said. "I miss being involved in the things that go on, being in the know, and meeting other councilors from other towns," said Yorke. "I enjoyed some of those UNSM (Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities) meetings and talking to other councilors and seeing how they handled things... I learned quite a bit, really." Yorke will be joined on the ballot on Oct. 20 by Betty Atkinson, Robert Fancy, David Harrison, Dawn McCully, Ron Shaw, Lloyd Smith and Lisa Ward.
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