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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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My picture above isn’t great so I’m supplementing it with this awesome photo by Cornell Labs that really shows off the coloring on the duck’s head.

Where Spotted: Belle Isle
Common Name:  Bufflehead aka Most Awesome Named Duck Evah
Scientific Name: Bucephala albeola
Length: 13–16 in
Weight: 9.5–19.4 oz
Wingspan: 5 ft 11 – 7 ft 7 in

Quick Facts

  • The Bufflehead nests almost exclusively in holes excavated by Northern Flickers and, on occasion, by Pileated Woodpeckers.
  • It rivals the green-winged teal as the smallest American duck.
  • Buffleheads are monogamous, and the females return to the same breeding site, year after year.
  • Bufflehead fossils from the late Pleistocene (about 500,000 years ago) have been found in Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, and Washington.
  • One duck serves as a sentry, watching for predators as the others in the group dive in search of food.

They Call Me Bertha

Meet Big Bertha!

She’s a hefty ham, but that won’t stop her from fitting in your lap! Bertha is just under 70 pounds, HOUSE TRAINED, crate trained, and super silly.

Bertha is a total people person. She is so excited to meet everyone. She loves to show off her zoomies and how high she can jump for treats! Bertha also loves playing fetch – she’s really good at it!

She may be large, but she’s an energetic spunky gal. Bertha is also known for being a super snuggler. She’s the perfect mix of energy and couch potato. She loves being with people so much that she usually sits on or as close to you as possible. Bertha also knows how much we humans love when a dog rolls over and wiggle, so she will often do this to get extra attention.

Bertha is a QUEEN, she does not care for other animals. In the right hands, she can walk past other dogs without an issue. *Her adopter must be in control and confident* She responds well to verbal correction from her human if she’s being a brat towards dogs. She is also treat motivated, which is great ammo to redirect her focus if she is getting worked up.

Bertha would LOVE to move to the suburbs or the country, where she can have her space to relax. She would not appreciate living in the very dog populated Scott’s Addition or Shockoe Bottom.

She can be sassy with her toys and food sometimes – so no children for Bertha. However, she would love older kids!

If you’re looking looking for a well rounded (pun intended) DIVA, ask to meet Bertha. She is currently an office dog because living in kennels was causing her great distress.

Primary Color: Brown Brindle
Secondary Color: White
Weight: 71.2
Age: 6yrs 2mths 1wks
Sex: Female
Pet ID: 83309

Adopt My Name is Bertha at RACC

Learn more about their Adoption Process or how to Foster A Pet.

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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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RVA Illuminates and Holiday Lights on the Riverfront Throw the Switch on Friday

It’s about to get a lot brighter downtown.

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In the past when downtown lit up for the holidays it was a big event downtown. Due to Covid-19 that big event is not happening. The main event RVA Illuminates is going virtual and can be seen on ABC 8 News this Friday with performances and music.

Venture Richmond is hosting its own event, Holiday Lights on the Riverfront on Brown’s Island and along the Canal Walk to Brown’s Island from 6-8 PM on Friday.

​When downtown RVA lights up for the holiday season, Brown’s Island and the Turning Basin on the Canal Walk will join in the cheer and help the City of Richmond kick off the season with Holiday Lights on the Riverfront, a display of decorative lights that is open and FREE to the public! Enjoy vendors Espresso-A-Go-Go and Curbside Creations and family entertainer Jonathan the Juggler on Brown’s Island or take a festive stroll along the Canal Walk to the Turning Basin. Presented by Venture Richmond. Please practice safe social distancing. Parking is available at the American Civil War Museum ($), Belle Isle parking lot, and on-street parking along 2nd and 5th Streets.

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The Forest to Close “Temporarily” on Monday December 7th

The restaurant states that the new 10 PM shutdown cuts into to sales too much to keep it open.

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The local favorite located at 5057 Forest Hill Avenue posted the bad news on Facebook last night.

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UR’s Chief Information Officer Keith McIntosh wins national CIO excellence award

The University of Richmond’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Services Keith W. McIntosh has received the 2020 CapitalCIO of the Year ORBIE Award for education and nonprofit organizations.

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The University of Richmond’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information Services Keith W. McIntosh has received the 2020 CapitalCIO of the Year ORBIE Award for education and nonprofit organizations.

Presented annually since 1998 by CapitalCIO, the CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States, honoring chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership.  

ORBIE award winners were selected for their exceptional leadership innovation, vision, and engagement in industry and community endeavors.

I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition,” said McIntosh. “This is a testament to those around me. This includes my wonderful Information Services team who work tirelessly each and every day to provide outstanding services and support for our students, faculty, and staff.”

In his role as UR’s CIO since 2016, McIntosh is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic development of the university’s Information Services.

Prior to joining the University of Richmond, he was the associate vice president for Digital Instruction and Information Services and CIO at Ithaca College and vice chancellor for Information Technology and CIO at Pima County Community College District. He held progressive leadership and management positions within IT during his distinguished 24.5-year service in the United States Air Force, including a tour in Northern Iraq.

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