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GRAND MARSHAL David Nydegger

Sometime in the 1950s, a young David Nydegger stood on the roof of his dad’s shoe store and watched the annual Independence Day parade make its way through downtown Oceanside.

had sold the shoe store, and his mother was teaching at Palomar College. Nydegger also has taught at the communitycollege level – 31 years as a marketing and advertising instructor at MiraCosta College.

But, despite much of a lifetime spent in Oceanside, Nydegger said, he’d never actually been in the parade, due to step off this year at 10 a.m. on June 28.

After the service, he went into sales and then became retail and classified-advertising manager at the Blade-Tribune newspaper in Oceanside. Then, he worked for the Chula Vista Star-News for a couple of years as its major-accounts representative. Then, he became general manager for the Sun-Post in San Clemente, serving briefly as publisher of that newspaper and accepting a “general excellence” award on its behalf from the California Newspaper Publishers Association just after the Sun-Post’s purchase by the Orange County Register.

“I was very honored,” he said, to be asked to be grand marshal. Since watching that early parade from the roof, he’s graduated from high school and then the Naval Academy at Annapolis, served his country, worked in advertising departments at several newspapers and then found his niche as head of two chambers of commerce. For the last 17 years, he’s been chief executive officer of the Oceanside Chamber He knows he’s the longest-tenured chamber CEO in the county and one of the longest in the state. Nydegger was born in Kansas , but he came to Oceanside in 1945 at the age of eight months with his parents, Mildred and Lee Nydegger and his brother, Neil, three years his senior. His parents met at Wichita State University where both were music students. His mother taught piano, and his father played in Big Bands throughout the Midwest. Lee Nydegger came here to run the Music Department at Oceanside High School and to direct the choir. Housing was hard to find, so the young family lived in a trailer park on what then was Hill Street (now Coast Highway) near the San Luis Rey River bridge. Curiously, the address was 928 N. Hill St., the site of the current Chamber of Commerce building where Nydegger works. “We found the pads of the old trailer park right beneath this building,” he said. After a couple of years and a few other jobs and band gigs, Lee Nydegger started working in a shoe store, prompted in part because his wife rarely could find the very narrow – size AAAA - shoes that she needed. He named the store, at 607 Second Ave. (now Mission) for his boys and called it David Neil’s. “It was a small, small, tiny town then” Nydegger says of Oceanside. Besides remembering the parade, he recalls Fiesta Days in Oceanside when the men in town would come into the store with cap guns and would have to grow a beard or be fined $3-$5. “It was an outrageous sum back then,” Nydegger said.

Barely skipping a beat, Nydegger stepped into the just-vacated job as executive director of the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce, leaving for the Oceanside post in 1997. He attended the old Horne Street and Nevada Street schools and Ditmar Elementary, but both Nydegger and his brother graduated from the Army and Navy Academy. He entered Annapolis in 1963 after graduation from high school. Nydegger met the girl who would become his wife, Diane Kwolik, at Buccaneer Beach just before she started Oceanside High as a junior, and he figures he was lucky he got a head start on all the boys at that school. He came to see her on leaves from Annapolis, and “we were always together,” he said. They married just days after his graduation from the Naval Academy. Diane Nydegger passed away in late 2012. Nydegger served two tours in Vietnam, went to destroyer school in Rhode Island, picked up his ship in Naples, Italy, cruised the Mediterranean and and spent three years in Puerto Rico, where he obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Inter American University. “The Cold War was still on,” Nydegger said. At sea, during very heavy weather, he fell “literally from one side of the (ship’s) bridge to the other” and suffered a herniated disc in his neck. His right arm lost a half inch of muscle. For a while, he said, “I could not lift a soup can.” Surgery was “semi-successful, but not good enough for the Navy.” He was mustered out in 1976 after “nine years, five months and 27 days” of service. When he returned to California, his father

The Oceanside Chamber enrolls 720 members, down from its peak of just over 1,000 in 2003-2004 – a reflection of the economic downturn, Nydegger said. But, he said, “the last two years, there’s been a net increase every month except one , so we’re coming back. That’s a good sign that the economy is coming back, too.” During his local tenure, he has been successful in luring a California Welcome Center to town. “I personally think that it is one of the best things that has happened to the city,” Nydegger said. Until 2000, he said, Oceanside attracted 26,000 to 27,000 visitors a year, but the number jumped to 60,000-80,000 the first year after the Welcome Center opened, and the figure now totals more than 100.000. As for the effect on the local economy, Nydegger said, all those visitors mean a lot more cars that need gasoline and “a lot of mouths to feed” in local restaurants. “I could have been really parochial and kept it all,” he said, but instead he helped to initiate Visit Oceanside, a separate entity which runs the Welcome Center now. Nydegger’s two daughters, Kinley and Abrey, and two of his grandchildren, Parker and Alec Bennett, 14 and 12 respectively, will ride in the parade with him. A third grandson, Jonah Justice, is only 7 months old. As for the future, Nydegger does not see any major changes., saying “I’m really enjoying my job. I have a great staff.” Story and photo by Lola Sherman

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PARADE LINEUP DIVISION A North San Diego Young Marines Escondido Mounted Posse Oceanside High School Band and Color Guard Oceanside Fire Department Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Grand Marshal David Nydegger Congressman Darrell Issa Assemblymember Rocky Chavez Mayor Jim Wood Deputy Mayor Esther Sanchez Councilmember Jack Feller Councilmember Jerry Kern Councilmember Gary Felien Gary Ernst, City Treasurer Zack Beck, City Clerk TriCity Medical Center, Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo Bank - Rancho Del Oro MainStreet Oceanside KOCT: Your Community Channel Oceanside Sea Lions Club Oceanside Harbor Day Queens DIVISION B Champion Gypsy Horse Highway Star of Harper’s Fiesta Farms San Diego Golden Retriever Meetup Group Vets 4 You Plumbing, Heating & Air Democrats of Carlsbad/Oceanside Club Oceanside Theatre Youth Academy San Diego Humane Society and SPCA Camp Pendleton Catholics Navy Federal Credit Union Miss Vista Scholarship Pageants That Boy Good North County LGBTQ Resource Center Palomar Airport & Vista Sunrise Toastmasters Oceanside Red Hot Hatters Perks Detailing California Artist Academy Oceanside Elks Lodge Cub Scout Pack 756 Oceanside Girls of Courage, Confidence, Character North County Health Services Military Order of the Purple Heart, N SD Cty Chapter 493 Veterans Association of North County VANC American Legion Post 146 Cub Scout Pack 7146 American Legion Auxiliary Unit 146 Oceanside American Legion Riders Post 146 DAV TriCities Chapter 95 (Disabled American Veterans) Women Marines Association California 7

United States Submarine Veterans Sons and Daughter of Pearl Harbor Survivors Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County American GI Forum DIVISION C Noah Owens Sea Scout Ship 789 Mr. Mustang Temescal Canyon High School Band and Color Guard Miss Pride of Vista Pageants (Pride of Vista Lions) Baton Twirling USA-”Oceanside Harbor Lites” Friendly Sons of St Patrick Goldie, the Clown Ms California American Renaissance 2014 Rick Elliot and the Second Hand Smoke Band Pacific Marine Credit Union Oceanside Turkey Trot North County Beach Bunnies Woman’s Club of Oceanside Oceanside Gymnastics Mira Costa College - School Relations Boy Scout Troop 752 of Oceanside Ca First Christian Church Surf Ride Classic Chariots Ocean Hills Country Club S & R Towing DIVISION D Rotary Clubs of Oceanside Tanya’s Dance Oceanside Republican Women’s Federated North County Lions Club/Miss Carlsbad Pageant Baja Body Athletics First Baptist Church of Oceanside Friends of Oceanside Parks/Dad’s Hot Dogs Oceanside Middle School Surf Team Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation North County African American Women’s Association Shakey’s Pizza Parlor Girl Scouts of Oceanside Unit 652 ACE International/Three Strands Productions Friends of El Corazon and Partners Kaplan College Oceanside CERT Splash & Friends of the Oceanside Public Library Oceanside Public Library Adelante Bookmobile North Coast Vette Club Oceanside Chiefs Rugby Team Waste Management of North County Hope Floats - New Venture Christian Fellowship Mohsen

DIVISION E El Camino High School Marching Band and Color Guard Cub Scout Pack 721 Knights of Columbus 3162 Al Bahr Tin Lizzie & Clown Parade Unit Fil-Am Cultural Assn of North San Diego County Daughters of the American Revolution, Santa Margarita Chapter Cheese Hockey Kiwanis Club of Oceanside Por Siempre Car Club Firewater Saloon/Pier View Pub San Diego North County Lions Club Miss Teen Lemon Grove/Ms Armed Forces All-American Camp Pendleton Mechanized Museum Oceanside Firefighters Association This parade line-up may not include entries received after the June 6th deadline and is subject to change.


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Tri-City Medical Center our crew of smiling volunteers. Without your help there would be no parade!

Jan Gardner, Honorary Chair Cheryl Martini Mary Milew Terence Webster Chris Gow Christine Marek

Mossy Nissan Oceanside San Diego Union-Tribune

Buchanon & Associates Cotton Patch Union Bank Friends of Oceanside Parks Military Order of the Purple Heart Disabled American Veterans Ch. 95 Jeff and Terri McClain Kinane Events - Oceanside Turkey Trot Jerry & Blake Kern Nichole Montross the Marine Corps Mechanized Command Museum for providing vehicles for the veteran’s groups in the parade. the Cathey Family for your support of the parade and downtown Oceanside. Buchanon and Associates for your donation of bottled water for our volunteers. S&R Towing and NK Towing for providing vehicles for the parade. the downtown residents and businesses who graciously host the parade each year. the City of Oceanside employees who work tirelessly in the background to provide the support services that make this parade possible. the Friends of Oceanside Parks for providing many of the U.S. flags seen in the parade today.

For MainStreet Oceanside: Cathy Nykiel Kathy Hamman Gumaro Escarcega MaryAnne Bruce Rick Wright

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JULY 3 City of Oceanside Fireworks Display Look toward the center of the city at 9:00 pm on Thursday, July 3rd to watch the fireworks. Musical entertainment and food trucks start at 6:00 pm. Sponsored by City of Oceanside Neighborhood Services Department, Parks and Recreation. Rancho Del Oro Drive and Oceanside Blvd. 760-435-5041


BIGGEST BEACH DAY OF THE YEAR Extra services will be provided at the pier and beach area to make this busy day at the beach more comfortable for our guests. Expanded food services will include sinful snacks and full meal offerings. Take a break from the sand and browse our retail booths offering products from around the world.

JULY 5 Beach Cleanup Join the Surfrider Foundation for their annual Morning After Mess cleanup on Saturday, July 5th from 8-11am and help us help the beaches after the 4th of July! This year we will be hosting cleanups at the Oceanside Pier. We’ve got some incredible prizes this year too! No need to pre-register for this event. Volunteers under the age of 18 will need a parent or legal guardian to sign for them. Bags and gloves will be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable bag or bucket and gloves to help us Rise Above Plastics.

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Sundays at Heritage Park All are invited to attend the annual summer “Sunday Concerts at Heritage Park” series beginning on July 6th. Each week will showcase a different style of music. This is a FREE, family friendly event. July 6th, 4pm-6pm: Banjo Music July 13th, 4pm-6pm: Gospel Music July 20th, 4pm-6pm: Karaoke Day July 27th, 4pm-6pm: 1950′s Style Music August 3rd, 2pm-5pm: Old School Rock Music August 10th, 4pm-6pm: “Open Mic” Day Sponsored by: The City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation Division and the “Friends of Oceanside Parks” 220 Peyri Road (760) 435-9628

SummerSun Fest Summersun Fest is a music festival that is geared towards embracing Oceanside’s beach culture as well as various eco-friendly initiatives. Featuring a diverse range of genres such as rock-reggae, reggae-ska and dance music, guests will experience live music from one stage and have the opportunity to enjoy different areas of food/ drink and art. Veteran reggae band, The Wailers, will be performing as headliner. Ecoconscious programs such as refillable water stations, waste diversion and recycling will be implemented to inform festival attendees the importance of environmental sustainability. 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Junior Seau Amphitheater

Starting JULY 12 Oceanside History Walk The Oceanside Historical Society features Downtown History Walks on the second Saturday of each month through September beginning at 9:00am. The walks begin at the Oceanside Civic Center Fountain at Coast Highway and Pier View Way. Walks are free and open to everyone and are pleasantly paced so folks of all ages can participate. The tour takes about 2 hours. 9:00 am - 11:00 am Oceanside Civic Center Fountain 300 N. Coast Hwy 760-439-1319

Starting JULY 12 Movie Nights at the Pier Presented by Oceanside Parks and Rec Movies start at dark, come early and set up your own “Movie Theater”. This is a FREE family friendly event. Free parking is located at the lots off Mission Ave, across from Harney Sushi and Dairy Queen. July 12: Step Into Liquid August 30: The Lego Movie October 11: The Goonies (760) 435-5041

Starting JULY 18 Star Theare Company presents FOOTLOOSE The Musical Based on the original movie, Footloose tells the story of the lively city boy, Ren, who moves to a small town where dancing has been banned by a preacher determined to exercise control of the town’s youth. The incredible pop/rock score features such hits as Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Almost Paradise and Holding Out For A Hero as well as the hit title song by Kenny Loggins that will bring audiences to their feet. Shows on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 27th. See website for schedule and tickets. Historic Star Theatre 402 North Coast Highway (760) 721-9983

AUGUST 1-2-3 30th Annual Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Contest and Beach Festival Features coalition surf teams from all over California. The event will include a beach festival in the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater with vendors selling food and merchandise. There will also be live music and a beer garden in the amphitheater all weekend long. The event is free to spectators and shoppers. Sponsored by The Oceanside Lonboard Surfing Club (OLSC). North and South Pier Beach and Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater (760) 500-0745

AUGUST 16 World Bodysurfing Championships This is a bodysurfing event on the north & south side of the Oceanside Pier. Sponsored by Scott Hubbell Productions 6:30 am - 4:00 pm (760) 802-7452

LABOR DAY SEPTEMBER 1 85th Annual Labor Day Pier Swim This is an annual fundraising event held by the Oceanside Swim Club, a non-profit organization. The event consists of a one mile swim around the Oceanside Pier. 7:30 am - 12:30 am Oceanside Pier (760) 458-4101

THURSDAYS ALL YEAR ROUND Oceanside Farmers Market Pier View Way east of Coast Highway 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Oceanside Sunset Market Pier View Way west of Coast Highway 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm 760-754-4512



Rick Wright Executive Director Kim Heim Director, Special Projects Gumaro Escarcega Main Street Program Manager Kathy Hamman Office Manager Cathy Nykiel Sunset Market Manager MaryAnne Bruce Vendor Liaison Beecher Young Crew Chief

Roseanne Kiss, Chair North County Printers Sylvia Spiva Pier View Market Kirk Harrison Harney Sushi Tom LeBus Seaside Financial Services Max Disposti North County LGBTQ Resource Center Forrest Heyden Asylum Surf and Skate Kim Millwood That Boy Good BBQ David Schulz Star Theatre Company Cecil Goff Nationwide Insurance

MainStreet Oceanside 701 Mission Avenue Oceanside, California 92054 (760) 754-4512

Preserving and Promoting Downtown Oceanside Since 2000

ADVISORS Howard LaGrange Visit Oceanside Tracey Bohlen City of Oceanside David Nydegger Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

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Independence Day Parade Program 2014  

This is the program for Oceanside, California's annual Independence Day Parade.