Groundhog Day has come and gone, baseball spring training is on the horizon, and depending on weather, maple sugaring season in Western Mass. isn't too far away. But one very popular sugar house will be missing from the list of sweet spots.

Gould’s Maple Sugar-House in Shelburne Falls will not open this season, after more than 60 years. They made the announcement on Facebook Monday, with thanks to their loyal customers.

Many of those loyal customers commented and posted pictures of their visits over the years, saddened to hear that what was a family tradition for many of them would come to an abrupt end. In response to one poster who asked if the closing was permanent, Gould's replied "As of now it's for this year 2020."

A family-run operation, Gould's had previously decided not to open for the Fall 2019 season, after celebrating 60 years of operation last spring. That also upset many people, who were concerned about the owners and the Mohawk Trail landmark's future.

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