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Villages-News.com: Writers and Contributors

Meta Minton, President, Managing Editor

Meta Minton has been in media for more than 30 years. She served as editor of the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1998 to 2003 when hometown boy George W. Bush moved from the Texas governor’s mansion to the White House. She led a team from Midland which covered Bush’s first inauguration in Washington D.C. While editor at The Southern Illinoisan from 2003 to 2005, many times she interviewed a little known fellow by the name of Barack Obama who also later would move onto the White House. She worked as a managing editor at The Villages Daily Sun from 2007-2013 before founding www.villages-news.com earlier this year.

Sal Riggio

Sal Riggio

Sal Riggio, Softball Columnist

Sal Riggio covers softball in The Villages. He writes under the heading “Softball with Sal.” Softball is extremely popular in The Villages, both with men and women. Sal provides up-to-the-minute reports from the field.

 

Marv Balousek

Marv Balousek

Marv Balousek, Journalist

Veteran journalist Marv Balousek has joined Villages-News.com. Balousek worked 28 years as a reporter at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, where he covered business, local government, courts and crime. Before that, he worked at daily and weekly newspapers in Illinois. He also has written and published 10 books on Wisconsin subjects. He retired in 2009 and moved to The Villages full-time in 2012.

Gabe and Diana Mirkin ride their tandem bicycle nearly everywhere they go.

Gabe and his wife,Diana Mirkin, ride their tandem bicycle nearly everywhere they go.

Gabe Mirkin, M.D., Medical Columnist

A practicing physician for more than 40 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is a rare breed of physician in that he is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. He has run more than 40 marathons.

Jane Bloom recently adopted her new puppy, Brodie

Jane Bloom and her puppy, Brodie

Jane Bloom, “Assisted Living” Columnist

Villager Jane Bloom has joined Villages-News.com as a columnist writing about caring for aging parents, assisted living and elder care. Her column is “The Savvy Senior.” Each week her column will provide insight into the world of assisted living and caring for the aging. Bloom is a former executive director of assisted living communities and non-profit organizations.  She is a professional assisted living administrator licensed in the State of Florida.

Mark Panigoni is a PGA professional golf instructor.

Mark Panigoni is a PGA professional golf instructor.

Mark Panigoni, PGA Professional, Golf Columnist

A PGA Professional Instructor, Mark Panigoni has a unique certification in the “Stack & Tilt” system. Mark has extensive experience in training and teaching methods to eliminate back pain, having provided more than 10,000 lessons over the last 7 years. He conducts clinics on how to swing a golf club without injuring your back, where he is joined by orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, and physical therapists who praise his work.Visit Mark online at www.panigonigolf.com.

Jim Zurak

Jim Zurak, Movie Review Columnist

The “Z-Man” has been the Producer Director and Emcee of the Dollars for Scholars Savannah productions of The Starry- Starry musical variety series for the past four years. He has been married to his movie partner, Nancy the Magnificent, for 52 years and watched the dramatic expansion of The Villages Theater chain in the 11 years they have been Villagers.

Ron Clark of the Village of Lynnhaven enjoys a beautiful morning in his golf cart.

Ron Clark enjoying a beautiful morning in his golf cart.

Ron Clark, Photographer/Journalist

Villager Ron Clark is a avid golfer and an active volunteer with Villages Honor Flight. He is a photographer for Villages-News.com and enjoying a “second career” as a journalist.

Barry Evans

Barry Evans

Barry Evans, Humorist
Villager Barry Evans writes a humor column for Villages-News.com. His wife, “the blonde” is frequently mentioned in his columns and she secretly  enjoys the notoriety.
Douglas Hollingsworth
Douglas Hollingsworth
Douglas Hollingsworth is a Business Turnaround professional who spent his entire career in the Graphics Arts Industry helping small and large businesses become more operationally efficient and profitable. He is certified in Total Quality Management, Lean Six Sigma, and is an ISO 9001-2008 expert.