In northwestern Pennsylvania, some young people leave the area in search of success, and a good number end up returning. Sometimes it takes decades.
That’s the case with Wendy Ertl Rhines. In the early 1990s, she moved from Erie, PA, to Greensboro, NC, for her husband’s career. “I was excited about building a new house and home. I looked forward to the warmer weather. But I was homesick before I even left and was sad to leave my family and friends behind.”
Wendy finished up her degree at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She enjoyed a successful marketing career, and along with her husband, Kevin, and kids Holly and Kyle, thrived in the much-sunnier climate.
By 2011, with both children grown and out of the house, Wendy and Kevin...