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Jim Thorpe birthday celebration

By Gina Johnson, Web Producer
Published On: May 17 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: May 18 2013 05:50:06 PM CDT

Jim Thorpe birthday celebration

JIM THORPE, Pa. -

Jim Thorpe Borough was celebrating its namesake's birthday with a lawsuit lingering over its head.

The weekend's event honors Olympian and athlete Jim Thorpe, who was a gold medalist in the 1912 games.

Right now there's pending litigation over whether to move Thorpe's body out of the town.

Visitors had mixed views on the situation.

"We think we should keep him here to continue to celebrate his legacy," said Rose Marie Risteter.

"My mother was born and raised here and she to this day still refers to it as Mauch Chunk," Christine Keiser added.