CLEARFIELD — Money may not grow on trees. But in the yard of one Clearfield home, a car could hang out in them — that is, until Tuesday, when a Volkswagen Beetle called “Lucy” was extracted from a tree in Janis Zettel’s yard.

“I feel sad,” Zettel said. “This has brought so much joy to everybody. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people have come by to look at her and take pictures of her and enjoy her.”

Zettel’s dilemma began in January, when Clearfield Police Department code enforcement informed her that the car would need to find a new perch.

The Beetle, which Zettel recently repainted to look like a ladybug, first landed on the tree in December — with a little help from a forklift.

Since then, the Zettels’ yard has gained attention outside of its own neighborhood.

Nola Spicer of Roy read about the Zettels and said the story broke her heart and she decided to visit Lucy. Since then, she has returned six times. In the Zettels’ yard, she said, she “saw things that my grandparents had used, and that my mother had used.”

“A lot of the stuff in my yard has come from friends who know that I like this kind of stuff, so they bring it to me,” Zettel said, motioning at the decor including a small vintage windmill, a collection of plates and a sign that reads “love.”

As the vehicle was removed from the tree, a group of neighbors and well-wishers watched.

“I think they should leave it up for another year or something. I don’t see where it’s hurting anything. I don’t think it’s bothering anyone except maybe a couple neighbors. Everybody has their own opinion,” said neighbor Erol Thomas.

Another neighbor and friend of the Zettels, Richard Thompson, agreed.

“We love it. We would say leave it there,” …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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