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Seventeen Richmond Kickers game will be broadcast by CBS6.

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From Richmond Kickers:

The Richmond Kickers and WTVR CBS 6 are proud to announce a landmark partnership to broadcast 17 home and away games throughout the 2017 season.  The deal names CBS 6 the club’s Exclusive Television Broadcast Partner and will provide the most extensive and comprehensive exposure of the USL in the Richmond market in franchise history, kicking off with the Kickers 25th Anniversary Home Opener on Saturday, March 25 on the main 6.1 channel.

“Excitement for Kickers soccer is at an all-time high and we are delighted to be able to showcase our home and away matches on live television through this groundbreaking partnership with CBS 6,” said Santiago Lucio, Richmond Kickers Director of Business Development.  “Our attendance at City Stadium has increased 40% over the last two seasons and we are proud to continue to elevate our product for all of our sponsors, partners and supporters.”

“CBS 6 is thrilled to partner with the Richmond Kickers and to broadcast their games for the 2017 season,” commented Stephen Hayes, CBS 6 General Manager.  “The Kickers are a proud, successful organization with deep roots in the Central Virginia community from youth to professional soccer.  Given their avid fan base and the growing popularity of the sport we’re excited to present this platform to watch the Kickers this season.”

In addition to the Home Opener, Kickers road matches against Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday, May 27 and Charleston Battery on Saturday, June 10 will be broadcast live on the station’s main 6.1 channel, found on Comcast 9 and 212 and Verizon FiOS 6 and 506 as well as DirecTV.  Seven additional home matches and seven additional away matches will be aired on the 6.3 sub-channel, found on Comcast 206 and Verizon FiOS 466.

CBS 6 will also support Kickers home games at City Stadium with television and digital promotions as well as ticket giveaways and appearances by CBS 6 news personalities throughout the season.

All Kickers home and away matches will continue to be shown on YouTube via USLsoccer.com’s Official Match Center.  For a full schedule of Richmond Kickers matches, visit RichmondKickers.com.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Forest Hill Park Invasive Plant Removal Work Day

Invasive plants harm the entire ecosystem.

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Spotted on Facebook. The workday is scheduled for Saturday from 10 AM – 12 PM.

Please join members of Friends of FHP for invasive plant removal. Invasive nonnative plants reduce populations of native, beneficial creatures. We will meet in the 3800 block of Forest Hill Avenue near the Forest Hill Historic District sign (east of Roanoke St. traffic light). Please bring gloves and hand pruners if you have them, and dress for the possibility of poison ivy (no open footwear). Thanks in advance for helping us restore some ecological balance in FHP!

You can see a list of invasive plants here. Hedera helix (common ivy or English Ivy) is one of the biggest and most obvious offenders in our area.

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Drink Beer and Help Friends of James River Parks

Raging James Pilsner is the latest release from Legend Brewing and a portion of each sale will got to Friends of James River Park.

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Friends of James River Park announced their latest partnership today and it’s tasty.

Legend Brewing Company is the oldest operating craft brewery in Virginia. As their Vice President of Operations, Dave Gott, told us, “It’s important that you be a part of the community – not just IN the community.” Legend has hosted our board meetings and annual get-togethers. On any given weekend (and often any given day) their parking lot is full of cars carrying kayaks and bicycles, and their patio is crowded with people who have spent the day enjoying the James River Park System.

Given their proximity to the James River and our Park, we were elated when they floated the idea of creating a special beer for our organization. Raging James Pilsner is their newest release, and a portion of the sale of each can will help us continue our efforts. Legend has supported Richmond for almost 30 years, and as we approach 50 years of commitment to the Park, we’re honored to partner with them on this.

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How to move a snapping turtle across the road and why.

You’re most likely to see a female Snapping Turtle on the road crossing to find a good dry spot to lay her eggs.

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Snapping Turtles are one of the scariest and coolest looking critters you can run across in the Richmond area. Unfortunately many times you’ll see them on the road and that is not a good spot for a Snapping Turtle or any turtle to be. It’s egg-laying season so female Snapping Turtles are on the move and crossing roads. Snappers travel long distances away from water to search for a nest site on dry land.

NEVER pick up a Snapping Turtle by its tail because doing so can cause spinal injury. Gloves are recommended when available. Always move turtles in the direction they were headed and do not relocate.

Snapping Turtle populations have declined significantly in recent years due to over-harvesting, poaching, and poor reproductive success.Snapping Turtles don’t reach maturity until 6 to 7 years of age and female turtles lay a single clutch of 26 to 55 eggs once a year. There is a high nest failure rate, with most of the eggs eaten by predators resulting in only 6 to 9 percent of hatchlings surviving.

If you can here is how to safely move a snapping turtle.

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