Margaret and Alan Koegler returned to their home in Patrick County after a stint in Alaska. The two are part of the Three Sixteen Duet, which performs gospel music at many venues. Alan Koegler also plays bass with the Senior Melodies, with a handcrafted instrument he made during the long Alaskan nights.
By Joanne Hill

It might seem like a strange journey from the Bering Strait in Alaska to a seniors meeting in Patrick County, but to Margaret and Alan Koegler, it just seems to be part of their life.

The musicians, who recently performed for the Patrick County senior meeting, taught for 15 years in an Alaskan village before returning to their home in Patrick Springs.

It began about 20 years ago. Margaret wanted to continue her education in Education Administration at Virginia Tech and Alan wanted a job in the area. He was hired by Martinsville City Public Schools and later by Floyd County Schools, while she commuted to Blacksburg.

When Margaret finished her program at Tech, they were invited by friends to visit Alaska and off they went. While they were in Alaska, a job fair was being held to recruit educators. The couple had met a few educators who told them…

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