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A fun time? You bet! Art, beauty and OTB-mobile made news in July ’73

Miss New York State Hope Mary Jo Newland, left, joined Schenectady County Miss Hope Mary Jane Wallett to help fight cancer during the American Cancer Society's swim-athon at the Mohawk Golf Club in late July 1973. Swimmers in the back row, from left, are Toni Cioffi, Karen Cooney, Ginny Ward, Kathy Cooney and Ann Savarese. All five women completed 200 lengths in less than two hours.
Miss New York State Hope Mary Jo Newland, left, joined Schenectady County Miss Hope Mary Jane Wallett to help fight cancer during the American Cancer Society's swim-athon at the Mohawk Golf Club in late July 1973. Swimmers in the back row, from left, are Toni Cioffi, Karen Cooney, Ginny Ward, Kathy Cooney and Ann Savarese. All five women completed 200 lengths in less than two hours.
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Bets and beauties made headlines 40 years ago this month. In July 1973, racing fans received an assist for their wagers. Schenectady Off-Track Betting invented a portable parlor — the “Bet Mobile.” There were no jokes or riddles involved; the renovated van only needed a telephone line hook-up, and win, place and show bets would become possible. Other people were more interested in art, beauty, athletics and recreation. Arts and crafts created by teens at ...


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