Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Announces Online Complaint Form

March 15, 2017

LANSING –The Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has created an online tool to assist Michigan consumers with the filing of electronic complaints. DIFS’ Office of Consumer Services (OCS) will use this tool to start the initial review of complaints against insurance entities, banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, payday lenders, vehicle loans, personal loans, money transfers, and debt management transactions.

The Department soft launched the new tool in August 2016 to help push out any technical issues and between August and December received 476 out of 1,961 complaints via the new portal.

“One of our goals this past year was to provide more online services to consumers so they can file their complaints, get a response back and be able to do it all online,” said DIFS Director Patrick McPharlin. 

Also in 2016, DIFS announced the creation of the Life Insurance and Annuity Search (LIAS).Read the rest

Calendar – Entertainment – Reading of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” – Mar. 18

March 15, 2017

Ishpeming – A reading of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” from his “Leaves of Grass” will be offered on Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. at the Carnegie Library in Ishpeming.

The event is recommended for ages 18 and up. If you would like to participate in the reading, please contact Beverly Matherne at bmathern@nmu.edu.… Read the rest

Calendar – Community – “Learning to Walk Together” Pow-wow – Mar. 18

March 15, 2017

Marquette – The 23rd Annual “Learning to Walk Together” traditional pow wow will be held on Saturday, March 18, at Northern Michigan University’s Vandament Arena in Marquette. Doors open to the public at 11 a.m., with the grand entry at noon.

“Learning to Walk Together” is a means to promote cultural diversity within the community. The celebration begins with the grand entry and flag song, followed by the veteran’s song to honor male and female veterans. The event includes traditional pow wow dances and social pow wow dances, with artisan and vendor booths featuring craft items, reference materials and food.

A feast will be held at 4 p.m. at the Jacobetti Complex and is open to all attendees.

NMU students are admitted free with ID. General admission tickets are $5. A pow wow etiquette sheet and more detailed information on the event are available on the NMU Center for Native American Studies website at nmu.edu/cnas.… Read the rest

Calendar – Food – Spaghetti Dinner in Trenary – Mar. 18

March 15, 2017

Trenary – The Trenary United Methodist Church will host a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church in Trenary.

All are welcome and a free will offering will be taken.… Read the rest

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Copper Country Bowl for Kids Sake – Mar. 18

March 15, 2017

Houghton – Copper Country Bowl for Kids Sake, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, will be held on Saturday, March 18 beginning at noon at The Mine Shaft in Houghton.

Bowl for Kids is definitely not about bowling. It’s about having fun for a good cause, supporting the children and youth in our community. The purpose of Bowl for Kids is to invite the community to be a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission by raising funds for local youth mentoring programs. All of the money raised with this event stays in the Copper Country.

For more information, call 487-9855, email bbbs@upkids.com or go to www.upkids.com/bbbs/bowl-for-kids/… Read the rest

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Pancake/French Toast Breakfast in Calumet – Mar. 18

March 15, 2017

Calumet – The Keweenaw Catholic Community Religious Education Program will hold their annual fundraising Pancake/French Toast Breakfast on Saturday, March 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at Sacred Heart Church, 56512 Rockland Street, Calumet.

Tickets are $7 for adults/students and free for children six and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door. There will also be a Bake Sale and Prize Drawings at the Breakfast. For more information, contact 337-0810.… Read the rest

Calendar – Bazaars/Craft Sales – Spring Extravaganza in Champion – Mar. 18

March 15, 2017

Champion – A Spring Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Champion Township Fire Hall in Champion.

There will be vendors, local crafters and much more. Get a head start on your Easter shopping and support these small businesses.

For more information, contact Lacey LaCosse at 251-1351 or Lacosseubam@hotmail.com… Read the rest

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Forgotten Eagles Annual Music Jamboree in Lake Linden – Mar. 18

March 15, 2017

Lake Linden – Forgotten Eagles of Michigan Chapter 2 will present their Annual Music Jamboree on Saturday, March 18 from 6 to 11:55 p.m. at the American Legion Post in Lake Linden.

Local musicians will be performing. Admission is $5. All proceeds will be used to help local Veterans in need.
For more information contact Rick Hayrynen at 906-288-3377 or dav_rick@yahoo.com.… Read the rest

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