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Black History Month - Rosa Parks

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress later called “the first lady of civil rights”, and “the mother of the freedom movement”.

On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks, age 42, refused to obey bus driver James Blake’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her action was not the first of its kind. Irene Morgan in 1946, and Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, had won rulings before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Interstate Commerce Commission, respectively, in the area of interstate bus travel.

Nine months before Parks refused to give up her seat, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to move from her seat on the same bus system. In New York City, in 1854, Lizzie Jennings engaged in similar activity, leading to the desegregation of the horsecars and horse-drawn omnibuses of that city. But unlike these previous individual actions of civil disobedience, Parks’ action sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Parks’ act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement and Parks became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including boycott leader Martin Luther King, Jr., helping to launch him to national prominence in the civil rights movement.

At the time of her action, Parks was secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and had recently attended the Highlander Folk School, a Tennessee center for workers’ rights and racial equality. Nonetheless, she took her action as a private citizen “tired of giving in”. Although widely honored in later years for her action, she suffered for it, losing her job as a seamstress in a local department store.

Eventually, she moved to Detroit, Michigan, where she found similar work. From 1965 to 1988 she served as secretary and receptionist to African-American U.S. Representative John Conyers. After retirement from this position, she wrote an autobiography and lived a largely private life in Detroit. In her final years she suffered from dementia and became embroiled in a lawsuit filed on her behalf against American hip-hop duo OutKast.

Parks eventually received many honors ranging from the 1979 Spingarn Medal to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal and a posthumous statue in the United States Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. Her death in 2005 was a major story in the United States’ leading newspapers. She was granted the posthumous honor of lying in honor at the Capitol Rotunda.

On February 4, 2013, the U.S. Postal Service issued a special Rosa Parks Forever stamp on what would have been the late civil rights icon’s 100th birthday.


Black History Month - Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells Barnett was a co-founder of the NAACP, an anti-lynch crusader and a Black female journalist. After earning degrees from Rust College and Fisk University, she taught in Memphis Tennessee and began writing articles for the Black Newspaper, Free Speech. She is well known for being outspoken against the senseless lynching of Blacks and often traveled to Europe to publicize the facts she learned. Ida was the most famous Black female journalist of her time. She wrote articles for the Memphis Watchman, Detroit Plain Dealer, Indianapolis World, Little Rock Sun, and many others.


Travel in Style

We’ve added a great new brand to our line up: Welcome Osprey!

Osprey is known for their passion for the outdoors and for making some of the best bags available for any use, including lugging your Apple gear and accessories. We are happy to have their new line of electronic/iPad specific products in-stock. Their Port series features a laptop compartment for up to a 15 inch MacBook Pro Retina as well as a Port for your iPad. This Port is a clear plastic panel that allows you to use the iPad while still in the compartment. Great for the constant traveler, several compartments/pockets allow for storage of all your chargers, cables, iPhones, and other electronic devices and accessories. Of course it will also accommodate your daily needs. For us here in the Northeast that means extra layers, gloves, hat, etc… The best part is that Osprey also stands behind their products with the “All Mighty Guarantee”:

“Osprey will repair for any reason, free of charge, any damage or defect in our product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday.”

Can’t beat that! Check out the whole line by clicking here

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There's an App for That!

As the poet said: “There’s an app for that!” Sure there are LOTS of apps out there but which one should you choose? Since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend is a big weekend for getting out on the slopes, I’ve decided to focus on some of the most popular ski and snow apps out there. I can’t take all the credit as we have quite a few outdoor pups here at Small Dog headquarters. Keep an eye out if you’re at Sugarbush this weekend as that is where we like to go play. If you’re planning on staying right here in Vermont Ski Vermont has highlighted some fun events as well as deals in their latest blog post here and I thought it was worth sharing.

Find My Friends

No matter how hard groups try to stay together on the mountain, inevitably, at some point during the day, somebody’s going to get lost. After all, it can be hard to keep up with quick friends who fancy themselves racers (I’m looking at you, Will), foggy conditions make it hard to see, and sometimes, people just want to ski different trails or get inside for a quick beer break. This app uses GPS tracking so you can locate friends and family on a user-friendly map.


Although this app doesn’t necessarily offer ski-specific features, it sure is a great way to daydream about the slopes and keep your followers updated about all the great tracks you’re making. Explore hashtages like #skiing, #powder, or even find pictures of your favorite mountain. It’s a fun way to see awesome pictures of the slopes, document your own travels, and even meet other skiers and riders. Be sure to follow us @hellosmalldog!


VSCO Cam has quickly emerged as the premier mobile photography app for iPhone photography, and hasn’t dropped out of the top 15 in the App Store’s Photography and Video category since it launched. If you are looking for a way to make your photos come to life before posting on other social media sites this is the app for you. VSCO Cam is the best way to shoot, edit, and share your photographs. As one app reviews states: “it provides a more thorough photo editing and filter options than photo sharing apps.”


Using your phone’s map and GPS tracking abilities, this 99-cent app shows you exactly where you’ve skied on a satellite map, while also tracking distance, speed, altitude, duration, and more. Plus, its uses a minimal amount of battery life, so you can keep it running and still attend to your texts and calls, without worrying about running out of juice.

Resort Specific Apps

Many larger ski resorts have developed their own free apps. These usually offer a lot of the same tracking and snow report features as the general apps. However an app such as the Sugarbush app can help you navigate your way around the slopes, lodges, activities, weather reports, live camera feeds, and much more.
Example: I always check the Sugarbush VT app before heading to the mountain so I can see which trails have been groomed, lift statuses, the lines, as well as weather and most importantly the wind chill so I can layer accordingly.


Maprika lets you see where you are on real maps, like the ones that say “you are here” at the top of the lift. Easily locate your friends and family, and stay informed about the places you’re going. The coolest part about this app is that Maprika maps are saved to the phone’s memory, allowing for use in out-of-service areas. This app also allows you to find nearby businesses. As Dean says “it’s kind of like Yelp! for ski resorts, great when you are trying to get to know a new resort’s trail map.”


Purchase your lift tickets and or rentals in advance and save. Select from more than 150 resorts. This free app, “Liftopia Ski Reports, Snow Conditions and Ultimate Lift Ticket Deal Engine for iPhone and iPod touch,” though hard to remember provides an easy tool for showing a receipt at the ticket window, rather than having to deal with printing out a paper voucher (welcome to the 21st century!). Be sure you read the fine print for blackout dates before you show up at the mountain to redeem your deal. With deals like these, why not try a new mountain out!


If you are one of those people that like to listen to tunes in the background while safely carving some edges I guarantee Spotify has a playlist for you! You can browse playlists for every mood and genre. The discover page will constantly suggest new music for you based on what you’re listening to and it’s all free! With playlists like “Ski” with over 500 songs, how could you go wrong?

Editors note : Your iPhone is just like you, it really hates the bitter cold. When the temperature drops below freezing, iPhones can start malfunctioning: Your smartphone might not sense your touch, the battery dies faster and, if it’s cold enough, it will simply shut off. On its website, Apple suggests that you only use your (4th generation or later) iPhone in environments between 32º and 95º F, since “low- or high-temperature conditions might temporarily shorten battery life or cause the device to alter its behavior to regulate its temperature.”

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AppleCare + is an Essential Value

You may have received an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch for the holidays. These devices all come with a 1-year warranty and 90 days of free phone support from Apple. AppleCare+ is more than an extended warranty and it would be a good New Year’s gift to yourself. AppleCare+ extends the 1-year Apple warranty to 2 years but the protection does not stop there. You also receive 2 years of free technical support which includes answers to your questions on Apple software including iOS, iCloud, wireless network setup and Apple-branded Apps.

AppleCare+ adds one more important feature for your mobile device. It covers, subject to a service fee, two incidents of accidental damage. So if you drop that iPhone into the ocean and fish it out you can get it replaced or repaired for only $79 (twice!). The fee for the iPad is $49 and the iPod touch is $29. Screen repairs and water damage can cost you dearly so the protection of AppleCare + can be a lifesaver!

You can purchase AppleCare+ within 60 days of the purchase of your iOS device directly from Small Dog Electronics or any Apple store. We will have to confirm the purchase date and run a diagnostic test to confirm that the device has no pre-existing damage so you will have to bring it to one of our stores.

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