Compromise with landowners allows access to Calais lake

CALAIS, Vt. (AP) A proposal to transfer ownership of a Vermont landmark could settle a dispute about public access for swimmers to Mirror Lake, also known as Number 10 Pond, in Calais.

Swimmers have been locked in a dispute with private landowners, with threats of legal action on both sides. The Times Argus reports the parties have agreed to explore an option that would transfer disputed land rights to a new nonprofit that would both ensure the upkeep of a historic community hall and allow swimmers access to the lake.

The property owned by the Stow Women's Relief Corps has a war memorial, beach frontage and a memorial hall that once hosted weddings and dances that has fallen into disrepair and closed.

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