The Coastal Journal team sailed to victory along with its co-teammates from Maine Maritime Museum, at Main Street Bath’s annual Front Street Feud last Friday night.

It was a comeback win for the Shipwrites, as our combined team is known, since we tanked in the first round of the Feud last year.

I was joined in this jubilant moment of triumph by Annie Merry and Chris Chase from the CJ, and Kurt and Katie (Meyers) Spiradakis and Kelly Page from MMM.

It turns out that “Waterfront Park” is almost always an answer in this game show inspired by ‘Family Feud,” and that “Everybody loves Ray … mond” is not an answer at all in the category of “Name a TV show that captures what it’s like to live in Bath.”

Oh well. I had nothing for that one, and as my teammates whispered all sorts of good answers, I choked in a moment of self-referential hubris.

We won anyway.

It was a fitting send off for our reporter Chris Chase, whose last day was Friday, too, especially since Main Street Bath acknowledged him for all his work covering stories in the city.

The CJ was Chris’ first newspaper job out of college – a whole year before I came aboard – and now he’s off to a step-up opportunity at Diversified Communications in Portland, where he’s lived since last year. Check out Chris’ reflections on his time at the Coastal Journal on page 11.

Chris Chase thinks through the question in one of his final acts as the Coastal Journal reporter, at Main Street Bath’s Front Street Feud. Raye Leonard - Coastal Journal

The Coastal Journal is now in the process of hiring a new reporter. It’s no small task. The person who fills the role should be everything noted in the classified ad you’ll find on page 27. And also, importantly, someone who will be proud to work at our small, weekly, community newspaper, producing their very best work.

Got game show experience? That might help, too. Of course, I’m kidding.

Meanwhile, the Coastal Journal is so lucky to be part of such a big newspaper family. Between the Portland Press Herald, Courier-Gazette out of Rockland, and all four versions of The Forecaster, there will be no shortage of news coverage to help us bridge the gap between Chris’ departure and our next newshound.

We also have a healthy stable of regular contributors happy to help.

We just added two more to that list. Phil Di Vece joined the Coastal Journal last week with his column Take a Hike, featuring the many trails that crisscross the forests and shores of Midcoast Maine.

Phil earned a B.A. in journalism studies at Colorado State University and a M.A. in journalism at the University of South Florida. He’s resided in Maine since 1979 and written two books on Wiscasset history. He works as a freelance journalist and an active retiree at L.L. Bean in Freeport.

Lawrence Reichard writes a column for the Republican Journal in Belfast (one of our newspaper siblings) called Bricks & Mortar. We published one about a month ago about tax breaks for General Dynamics. His progressive view was well-argued and his writing clear and specific, so I invited Lawrence to contribute commentary about once a month.

Lawrence lives in Belfast. He was a full-time reporter for the Staten Island Advance and has been a freelance writer since 1981.

I’ve already received some calls and emails from readers who felt his column last week was “disgusting” and “inappropriate” regarding Donald Trump.

That’s great. Really. Bricks & Mortar will nicely balance our opinion section where we also occasionally publish the very conservative Another View column (which, by the way, generates just as many calls and emails from readers who feel strongly that supporting the NRA and returning to Judeo-Christian morals are just as “disgusting” and “inappropriate”).

As always, the Coastal Journal welcomes commentaries and letters, so please feel free to commit your thoughts and ideas to paper and send to me for consideration.

As spring unfolds, the Coastal Journal looks forward to all the new possibilities the season of renewal brings to the Midcoast.