Trees provide a lasting tribute

North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) turned 75 years old in July. NDAREC and its member cooperatives from around the state are purchasing and planting trees as a symbol of cooperative commitment and accomplishment. The plantings coincide with the theme chosen for this 75th anniversary observance: Grounded through the Roots of Cooperation.”

Capital Electric joined in the anniversary celebration by planting three trees for one of its members, Summerfield Pet Memorial Park. Summerfield Pet Memorial Park is a newly developed section of Fairview Cemetery in east Bismarck that will provide a final resting place for family pets. The idea for the memorial park came from Bob Eastgate, who now provides management of the cemetery through Eastgate/Parkway Funeral & Cremation Service.

Eastgate explained the reasoning behind the park, “We were asked to take over the management of Fairview Cemetery and based on our request and the generosity of Fairview we were able to add a pet memorial park to the property. I feel it’s a need we have in the community as pet owners want the opportunity to have their pets buried somewhere they can visit and appreciate. Pets are a significant part of many lives and they deserve respect when they leave us.”

The trees were purchased from and planted by another Capital Electric member in north Bismarck, Plant Perfect. The trees chosen were two hackberry trees and one cathedral elm tree. According to Plant Perfect garden center manager Kevin Hollatz, “These trees are hardy, fast-growing and will last for many years. They should be a great addition to the park.” Jeremy Armstrong of Plant Perfect helped Kevin make short order of the planting.

Capital Electric also provided two security lights for the park as underground line was trenched in from an electrical service in the nearby cemetery. Communications director, Wes Engbrecht, saw the project as a win for everyone involved, “Capital Electric is proud to provide the trees and lights to this very worthy project, and we were happy to bring two co-op members together in the process.

Both members, Eastgate and Plant Perfect, are experts in their fields and we are pleased to have them as members.” At Capital Electric we put our members first. For many members, pets are an important part of their family. It’s our hope that these trees comfort our members when visiting the memorial park

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