The people of Merasheen were not totally opposed to the Scheme, my father made the following statement in his letter. "Strictly speaking, we are not opposed to Centralization as such, and would like to improve our way of living, our means of support and our environment in general, but under the present centralization system such improvements are impossible."
"Merasheen is, and always was, one place in Placentia Bay where a man who is willing to work can earn a comfortable living for his family and live quite independently. We may not have all the necessities of life, but at least we have what it takes to live happy and contented lives."
The following year just eight short months after leaving their homes and a way of life, men were going back to Merasheen to fish, to continue to do what they had done for a lifetime, on fishing grounds they knew. The promise of a better way of life died quickly; families suffered as fathers and husbands prosecuted a fishery from homes and wharves now twenty five miles from the fishing grounds instead of what had only been a few miles. Lives were lost as a result; the pain, sacrifice and the price paid by some families leave bitter and painful memories for people from Merasheen.
At the outset, the resolve of the community was firm. If the residents of Merasheen were going to move, they would leave together. "We must be either left in a position, or put in a position where we can earn a living and live independently as we have done in the past." P. J. Hann's letter of June 6, 1967. Letters were written to several different communities, exploring the possibilities of moving collectively to maintain a sense of community and a way of life.
On June 28, 1967, Father Valentine Power announced to the community, he would be leaving Merasheen for Placentia to become assistant parish priest. The announcement came as a great shock to the community, the people were left reeling and stunned by the pronouncement.
On the following day, the feast day of St. Peter and St Paul every adult in the in the Harbour gathered at a meeting to show solidarity for their community, and to make a plea to their bishop.