Brockway, PA – The Brockway Volunteer Hose Company got a donation from a community member to invest in Knox Boxes for area businesses.

The donor wished to remain anonymous, but is paying for the software and equipment for the secure box system. The Knox Box system allows business owners to securely store keys to their establishments in a box that only first responders can access.

Fire Chief Mike Hoskavich said that it will help prevent damage to a building. He added that ambulance and police can use the boxes, too, meaning they may be able to respond to emergencies faster.

Hoskavich said that the fire department responded to 13 calls since the last meeting, including the Just For Jesus fire in Snyder Township.

The Brockway Borough Council is working on its 2022 budget, with preliminary work almost done.

The council hopes to have the budget ready to be advertised in November and approved during the December meeting.

There is still a lot of work to be done, and more information will come out in the next two meetings.

Halloween in Brockway will be October 31 from 2-5 p.m., the borough council announced.

Brockway usually celebrates its trick-or-treat hours on the Sunday closest to Halloween. This year, Halloween will be on the actual day.

Council President Chris “Smoke” Benson announced the schedule for Halloween, and he also praised the work of the Brockway Borough Municipal Authority as it responded to a waterline break.

The Brockway Borough Council will meet again November 4.

Listen to the interview with Brockway Borough Council President Chris “Smoke” Benson.