Going bananas: Pa. city gearing up 'split' bash

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The residents of Latrobe, a city of 9,000 some 40 miles east of Pittsburgh, are poised to scoop on peanuts, chocolate sauce and whipped cream as they honor the frozen concoction. But the cherry on top is a celebration that's morphed into three scoops of fun - Friday, Saturday and Sundae, er, Sunday - underwritten by Dole, the banana and fruit company, with help from nearby St. Vincent College, which has adopted the banana split as its unofficial festive food.

Latrobe officials got the ball rolling when the historical commission agreed in April that the city made its case for a historical marker crediting the first fruit-filled sundae to David Strickler 109 years ago. Once the city's place in history was secure, officials began looking for ways to dedicate the marker giving the apprentice pharmacist his just desserts for inventing the indulgent treat there in 1904. It will be dedicated on Friday.

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