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Milwaukee has been designated the top destination for family travel in 2014 by ABC Travel Guides for Kids, according to an announcement made by Visit Milwaukee.

The city was selected as the top destination following a summer 2013 visit by the travel guide’s editor, Matthew Rosenberger, and his family. ABC Travel Guides for Kids made its selections for the annual ranking based on factors like lodging choices, restaurants, and family-friendly attractions. To highlight its top choice, the company compiled a list of “15 Things We Love – Milwaukee.” Milwaukee hot spots described within the list include the Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, Discovery World, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Milwaukee County Zoo, Palermo’s Pizza tours, Milwaukee Food Tours, Melthouse Bistro, and Milwaukee’s frozen custard venues. Other top 2014 family destinations named by ABC Travel Guides for Kids include Washington D.C., Miami, Philadelphia, the region north of Boston, New York City’s Times Square, and Baltimore.

Historic Milwaukee

Historic Milwaukee Inc. will honor the work of Milwaukee historian John Gurda and the restoration work of Franklin-based Sunset Investors at its annual fundraising dinner, “Remarkable Milwaukee,” on Thursday, Feb. 27. Gurda has completed 19 books on Milwaukee’s history. In partnership with Historic Milwaukee, he is currently writing a book titled “Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods” that will likely be published next fall. The book focuses on nearly 40 Milwaukee neighborhoods with insight about the history of each area and the shape they’re in today. Sunset Investors will be saluted for its ongoing restoration efforts at the Pritzlaff Building, 311 N. Plankinton Ave., which was built in 1875. The fundraiser, to be held at the Pritzlaff Building, is open to the public. For complete details and ticket information, visit

Evolution Marketing

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has awarded Oconomowoc-based Evolution Marketing the designation of “Green Master” for the company’s demonstration as a state leader in sustainability. The designation falls under the council’s Green Masters Program. More than 160 Wisconsin businesses are involved with the program, in which they are evaluated on green factors like energy use, water use, educational outreach and governance. Businesses that score in the top 20 percent of the evaluation are granted the highest “Green Master” designation. Evolution Marketing has recently made a significant push to incorporate sustainable practices into its small business operations. In June 2012, the company invested in a zero emission all electric Nissan Leaf and has since been tracking the vehicle’s energy use, elimination of carbon emissions and expense. In 2013, Evolution began composting much of its food waste with help from a local farming family.

UW-Parkside and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside, located in Kenosha County, and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints, located in Racine, have established a five-year agreement in which All Saints will serve as the official sports medicine provider for the university’s athletic department. Under the agreement, All Saints will provide physician and athletic training services to student-athletes on all 15 UW-Parkside Rangers teams, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, baseball, men’s golf, wrestling, softball, and volleyball. All Saints staffers assisting student-athletes will include a team physician, a full-time licensed athletic trainer, and back-up medical professionals. The partnership will also introduce educational programs for student-athletes related to nutrition, sports, psychology and other health topics.

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